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Survey shows rising mistrust of China
Fewer Filipinos trust China in the wake of the South China Sea dispute
- August 10, 2012
The survey, publishedÂ by its media partner BusinessWorld,Â Â found 55 percent of Filipinos had "little trust" in China, compared to 19 percent who said they have "much trust,"Â a negative 36-point difference. In a similar study in March, the same pollster found a positive 10-point difference.
In April, Philippine authorities tried to arrest Chinese fishermen near the disputed Scarborough Shoal,Â a cluster of small islands about 220km off the coast of the Philippines.
The figures show that the -36 rating is the same as in June 1995 when the two countries had a dispute over Mischief Reef, also in the South China Sea. The current numbers come from a study conducted in late May.