China Ranked 5th in BBC Global Popularity Survey, Above USA

Chinese soldiers raise PRC flag during the 2008 Beijing Olympic ceremony.

From QQ News:

Survey of Worldwide Popularity Ranks China 5th, Surpassing USA and EU

As shown in a recent global survey conducted by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), China’s global popularity has increased, surpassing France and the United States, and is now ranked fifth in the world’s most popular countries.

The results of this survey are drawn from the answers of 24,000 respondents in 22 countries. Compared to the results of the 2011 survey, this year shows that the percentage of those who hold a positive view of China rose from 46 percent to 50 percent, allowing China to surpass both the United States and the European Union to become the world’s fifth most popular country.

The survey also showed that China’s popularity increased in both developed and developing countries, with the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and Germany showing the largest increases in margins.

Compared with two years ago, the views of those surveyed towards the United States changed little. This year, 47 percent of the respondents held a positive view of the United States, compared to 33 percent negative. For European countries, this year’s survey marks the second consecutive decline in popularity.

According to a spokesperson for Globe Scan, a public opinion research firm which conducted the survey for the BBC, “The EU has long been regarded as a symbol of political and economic stability. But after the European Union sunk into crisis, people turned their hopes toward China.”

Top 10 Most Popular Countries and Areas:

  1. Japan 58%
  2. Germany 56%
  3. Canada 53%
  4. United Kingdom 51%
  5. China 50%
  6. France 48%
  7. European Union 48%
  8. USA 47%
  9. Brazil 45%
  10. India 40%

China ranks 5th most popular nation in the world, ahead of the US and much of Europe according to a BBC survey released last week, sparking netizen discussion

Read the full report here.

Comments from QQ News:

腾讯网友 夜莺:

Just take a look at the whities getting VIP treatment in China and you’ll know, this problem is inevitable.

腾讯青岛市网友 地面㊣靜風:

I understand the purpose of this article, a reporter saw the strain placed on the life of a Chinese worker, and so wrote something to humor everyone.

腾讯滁州市网友 ゞ夜の盡頭:

Then who’s the least popular country? Japan #1, Germany #2, both are the instigators of World War 2! How many countries have their eyes on China? I’m absolutely certain this is [the list of] the least popular countries!!

腾讯江门市网友 命运ぃ帆菲宏:

There are two possibilities: One, parts of Europe genuinely have fond feelings toward China. Two, the Western media deliberately released this for Chinese to see, the intention being: Hardworking, brave, kind-hearted and gullible Chinese, behold the results of your selfless assistance, the European mainland you have flattered has started to give you honor, but this is still far from enough, only ranked fifth, don’t you want to be first, so better hurry and provide more assistance! [Alludes to the European economic crisis and China’s role.]

腾讯网友 蓝塰艦镸:

Friends from afar, come enjoy yourselves. Come to China to enjoy our splendid local specialties — Southern Gutter Oil, Northern Gelatin, Eastern Leather-based Medicines, Western Poison, let’s see how long you stay?

腾讯湖州市网友 滴泪小丑:

With such Stupid people with too much money, could China not be popular? Go and see which European-American developed country allows a Chinese passport to enter without a visa

腾讯网友 觉悟人生:

Reading this article, I’m suddenly reminded of a comic sketch told by Ma Li a while back: People who talk big have the upper lip in the heavens, the lower lip on the earth, so where is their face? There is none, only lips remain.

腾讯芜湖市网友 白开水:

Foreigners from developed nations enjoy privileged protection in China, or as they say foreigners are first class, officials are second class, minorities are third class and Han are fourth class. Here in China the exact same thing can happen to foreigners and Chinese but will have completely different outcomes, just like differing chemical reactions. It’s very simple, just look at how even big shot officials are ranked behind foreigners and you’ll know just how big the disparity is.

腾讯网友 FKL:

This ranking is too hilarious, the two instigators of WWII ranked at the top. Which goes to show who knows what China being ranked fifth is based on, so unreliable!

烟台市 种桃道士:

There’s definitely a reason/basis [for this poll result], and it is because China’s resources are the cheapest, especially labor which is at a slave prices, warmly welcomed by foreign nations; China’s ordinary common people are the most docile and meek, always submitting themselves to mistreatment. Even in the face of strenuous manual labor, this country’s labor class demonstrates enormous patience, and this is very desirable in the eyes of foreign investors.

China’s political situation is also the most stable, where foreign investors never have to worry about encountering headache inducing situations in their home countries such as strikes, demonstrations, workers fighting for rights, or other unpleasant labor and management disputes because the local government will simply help them [foreign investors] quell the trouble.

China’s wealthy class are really rich, and are really willing to spend money, especially abroad in foreign countries. Chinese rich and their extravagant consumption receives unprecedented welcome from various countries in the world, because these rich effortlessly rake in cash in the mainland, of course with no lack of corruption involved, so when making money is easy, it’s also easy to spend, and they spend with all their might.

Chinese have a large self-sacrificial spirit, being frugal when it comes to domestic social welfare for their fellow countrymen, because we have an effective “harmonious” regime, one that prefers that its own people suffer grievance in order to pledge its own financial and physical resources to foreigners to put on airs as a “world power”.

Especially China’s political opponent, America, who is even more willing to praise China for giving huge financial funds and support to help it get through its economic crisis. When even our own “enemy” is giving us incessant praise, then who is left to not welcome China?

遂宁市 叶子,随风飘 (responding to above):

Too true, said so perfectly, ding!!!!!!!!!

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  • Brett Hunan

    Wow North Korea is higher than Pakistan.

    • Jeff

      I think Jamaica is the highest nation

      • I think its all nonsense.

        • Brett Hunan

          I think you’re right.

  • Harland

    Chinese STILL don’t get why they don’t get visa-free travel? This needs to be explained, because I see it all over the Chinese internet. Here it is:

    When foreigners come to China, the Chinese government is fairly certain that they will return to their home countries. When Chinese go to foreign countries, there is no guarantee whatsoever that they will return. In fact, there are very high motivations never to return. In America, several major cities openly defy the federal government’s laws and will never deport any visa-less people. Once you get anywhere into Europe, you can stay there just about forever. I have a friend whose job is doing just that (a snakehead in Chinese slang, i.e. people smuggler).

    There is a town in Italy with 70,000 people: 30,000 Italians and 40,000 Chinese from Wenzhou. None of the Chinese will ever return. Can you imagine a town in China with foreigners in that proportion? Foreigners who set their passports on fire and then tell the Chinese government to prove that they’re foreigners, and then prove which nationality of foreigner? Yeah, the whole thing is ridiculous.

    Let’s assume that America adopted the same visa-free travel requirements towards China as it does towards Japan. Free 90 day visa, stamped on arrival. Chinese would flood into America by the millions. Pretty sobering when you realize that China could export 60 million people and not even notice.

    • Made In World

      95% agree. Japanese tend to try to stay (at least in Canada, I’d assume the US as well) as long as they can. Koreans, no, oddly enough. Er, strange question, I’m doing some research on a piece, and would love to talk to you or your snakehead, any way to contact?

      • Harland

        Gimme your email and I’ll reply.

    • Rin5

      I like your post and I totally agree.
      Chinese people (not EVERYone of course) lack moral issues (i.e. honesty), and only strive for their own goals (i.e. illegal immigration to the US and use up us tax payer’s money). It is true, if Chinese were given visa-free travel then USA will be overflowing many Chinese people… which I DEFINITELY do NOT wish to happen. The Chinese people here are very rude and dirty, they spit on the ground, and have really bad attitudes. Once one Chinese lady wanted seat and she mumbled something in Cantonese and pulled my friend up from her seat so she can get the seat. It makes more sense if the woman is old, but shes like in her 40s! I usually have the worst experience in Chinese restaurants, they never smile or thank you, as if you owe the world to them. Other than that, I’ve been told by my Chinese friend that many students here have fake grade reports, etc., etc.. They speak so loud too! More clear example, if you go to Japantown, it is very clean. If you go to Chinatown, it’s just… dirty and fishy. Not to mention on avoiding paying tax by accepting only cash as a form of payment, but openly take government supports.
      I hope unless majority of the people work on their moral issues they should definitely NOT get visa-free travel. Hopefully, NEVER. They will not change their mind at least in the next 100yrs. AND, yes, they DO 99.9% at least, have the mind set of illegally staying and never go back to China.
      If 100 Chinese migrates in, 10,000 will follow. Seriously, no offense, besides the America born Chinese and Taiwanese, I haven’t met any nice, proper Chinese.

      • linette

        Rin5

        The Chinese in Hong kong and Singapore are equally nice. They move away from Hong kong and Singapore because it’s too expensive to live there and cheaper to live in USA or other European countries. Also they want a less stressful and competitive environment.

        • Capt. WED

          LMAO. Look at you fuckers. Esp. you faggot HKers who think they’re shit don’t stink.

          99% of RUDE CHINESE people I’ve encountered in US are Cantonese or Fujianese. HKers YOUR FUCKING cousins. Pfft…LOL. Fujianese are YOUR COUSINS. Don’t even try to hide that.

          A lot of Fujianese are illegals. Not saying illegals don’t come from other parts of China, but let’s face the facts, majority of Illegals are Fujianese. Fujianese? ANother aspect of how your all fucked up, guess what, the majority of the “oh China is fucked up posts” on here all take place here. Little girl who got ran over? Happened in Fujian! Brazillian man story. Fucking Fujian! LMAO!

          Guess what’s the majority in Chinatowns? FUCKING FUJIANESE and CANTONESE. Hk faggot, YOUR COUSINS! LMAO.

          Now I personally like Fujianese because majority of them are nice people.

          However I have to say the recent trend is lower and lower quality of immigrants from other parts China, but since the majority are still Cantonese and Fujianese, so fuck ya’ll you fucks are fucked up.

          Lastly, fuck you I am who I’m. I’m dirty. And fuck you you are racist.

          • dim mak

            Cantonese and Fujianese are the top tier Chinese. Almost all overseas Chinese prior to recently are from those provinces. We also money the fuck out of locals and fellow Chinese alike.

            Problem?

          • Jennster

            Ur white. Don’t pose.

          • Capt. WED

            @Dim mak, I thought we were Chinese brother in arms? What happened??? To everyone else we’re the same, no tiers, just Chinese.

            @Christina what ar eyou talking about I’v eonly been here since 2011. Don’t mistake me from someone else. Why are on Chinasmack you in College right? Do us proud and slut it up tonight, tomorrow, and year round; fuck as many us young guys as possible, we need your love and support. We really appreciate your dedication and service to us young males! Heartfelt THANKS to you!

          • Christina

            uh…. yea, I didn’t say YOU’D been posting since 2009, I said I’D been reading since then, meaning I’ve seen almost all your posts.
            Don’t turn into a coala banana.

          • choloboy

            hey capt pussy wed, how do you know HKers are fags? you are a fucking loser, check your mom ass, she may has a HK dick in her ass…motherfucker

          • Capt. WED

            Hey Choloboy, sorry that just standing there you happened to trip and got you hard dick into my tight ass. Sorry no you are most definitely not a faggot ;)

            ….

            Passports and visas are a relatively recent phenomenon. Did you think when various Europeans were immgriting into the US they had passports? LOL.

            But course we can’t play liberal bullshit here and deny that US is not a European oriented country where white people dominate. It’s nature to not let as many Chinese into the country.

            If you are really angry, I propose a solution where you kick out all the Chinese. Problem solved. Really not that many Chinese in your country where it would be totally impossible to do it. Stop ALL TRADE with China. Stop ALL interaction with China. No overseas Chinese in western countries. No trade. Create a working measure to stop all flow of western information and technology into China. That’s how you should do it to deal with the China problem. Instead you are all just a bunch of high and mighty my shit don’t stink SLAVES. FUCKING SLAVES. LMAO.

        • Capt. WED

          BTW I guess the few instances of rudeness I’ve encounter all take place in Chinatown, places that contain entrenched Fujianese and Cantonese that caters to other Fujianese and Cantonese… Rude.

          • Capt. WED

            I’m aware of the ironic fact: I’m incredible rude on here…

          • Christina

            I’ve been reading chinasmack since 2009 and have to say, you used to post some really interesting & well reasoned stuff- up until about 2 months ago. what happened?

      • Alan

        I would agree.

        I met a student at my uni back in the UK from the north east of China, on a EU grant to study engineering (read: get paid by the nanny state idiots in brussels to avoid tax and send european secrets to China) and all he did was bitch and moan about the UK, that was indirectly paying for his study.

        You can bet if I ever study Chinese in beijing, all I will do is bitch and moan, but that would be stooping to the racist and spying toad’s level…..

      • Notorious

        i don’t agree with you. in the U.S. I never see any rude, dirty, spitting chinese people. They just look like people and they mind their own business. they dont’ mess with anybody. are you guys messing with each other? I don’t see any of these negative qualities people on chinasmack attribute to chinese here in america. maybe because i live in a nice quiet college town, having something to do with it, but even in big ass dirty chicago which is where i lived for many years, i didn’t see any of that in chinatown. i must be blind or something.

        • Rin5

          Notorious, if you take a tour around San Francisco, maybe you’ll come to understand where my impressions of Chinese people come from.

          • Capt. WED

            San Francisco? Last time I travelled there, some black dude from east bay was like look at this shit, they walled off all the ghettos. And it was true, everything was walled off from the freeway you can’t see anything. LMAO. America!

          • Notorious

            i’ve lived on the west coast and i never see any of this stuff you all say about chinese people. i’ve found MOST races of people to be highly annoying except asians and honestly, people who are visiting or moving to america from africa. africans i’ve noticed are very mannerable compared to my brothers here in america. i guess i’m lucky not to have the same stupid experiences with human beings that you all complained about in my 30 +++ years of life.

          • barack obama

            “i’ve lived on the west coast and i never see any of this stuff you all say about chinese people. i’ve found MOST races of people to be highly annoying except asians and honestly, people who are visiting or moving to america from africa.”

            I have to agree. the most annoying are the niggers that live here. The ones from Africa are a little better.

          • Nyancat

            oh wow really barack? using the N word? the irony

        • jennster

          those are northerners.

        • jeffli

          Notorious is onto something there.
          I see similar in New Zealand and Aus, Chinese immigrants living in these countries tend to be more civilised. less spitting and caterwauling and so-on.

          This could change if their immigration requirements were lowered.
          most Chinese immigrants I know living overseas are quite reasonable, cultured and educated.

          They themselves fear the MASS INVASION if immigration requirements were lowered too much.

          Sure there’s a few bad apples but where aren’t there any?
          I haven’t seen any Chinese homeboys bashing people up yet so I think they’re better behaved compared to other ethnicities migrating to New Zealand and Aus.

        • donscarletti

          Chinese act like that in China, not because Chinese themselves are of poor moral quality, just that you know, if everyone else is farting loudly, then you may as well do it because it feels good and nobody is going to care about one more.

          Chinese are generally superior to westerners in manners in an environment where there are clear and established standards as to what is correct and incorrect behaviour.

      • LivinBehindtheLines

        In China the culture is to use cash even for large purchases like cars so they go to the US and continue the practice.
        The old Chinese woman clearly thought your friend was a young person and should give up their seat for an older person – pretty much the custom in China as the old folks are respected a lot more than in most western countries.
        A lot of people post how Chinese talk loud and their spitting is soooooo disgusting, however its common in the west for young men with gang patches/colours and such to intimidate older folks, to wear their pants down around their ankles to listen to f’bomb ridden music at high volume. Sell drugs openly on a street corner! Don’t even get me started on road rage! Gun totting idiots on every corner! How is this better than a little spitting and loud talking?
        Dirty places? Damn I’ve seen old cars rotting on the sidewalk, rubbish piled on lawns…in white neighbourhoods.
        Honestly quit picking on good folks and sort your own stuff out!

        • Somethin Somethin

          Thanks Grandpa.
          “f’bomb ridden music at high volume” I’ll take some Easy E or even Little Jon and the East Side boys over having to listen to Celine Dion being blasted out over blown out speakers every other block.

          “Dirty places? Damn I’ve seen old cars rotting on the sidewalk, rubbish piled on lawns…in white neighbourhoods.”
          We’re talking developing world here. I mean just scroll a few posts back and you’ll find golden retrievers getting butchered in front of a 7-11. And the countryside? Dude lets not kid ourselves.

          “The old Chinese woman clearly thought your friend was a young person and should give up their seat for an older person – pretty much the custom in China as the old folks are respected a lot more than in most western countries.”
          Which when we compare through the prism of hundreds of other cultures didn’t make her a bitch for pulling his/her friend out of the seat because she thought his behavior of an incorrect nature?

        • jennster

          tour groups that talk REALLY loud? middle aged looking people? yeah i get the picture. it’s just those bao fa wu people…

        • Notorious

          actually, in western countries the old are respected. we give our seats up to old people in general. not sure how much has changed in the past ten or fifteen years that i’ve not been on the bus

      • Kevin

        Dude. Its a different culture in Chinese restaurants. A lot of people don’t understand this but in Chinese restaurants its not about service. They don’t give you good service but they don’t expect a big tip either. Personally, I even feel a bit uncomfortable when the server is extra nice because I feel like they are just working me up for a big tip and then I feel bad if i don’t give a big tip. I rather them just take my order not smile give me the food (don’t tamper with it) let me eat in peace and pay my bill. Its not that waiters in Chinese restaurants are mean, its just thats the culture.

    • Alan

      There is a town in Italy with 70,000 people: 30,000 Italians and 40,000 Chinese from Wenzhou. None of the Chinese will ever return. Can you imagine a town in China with foreigners in that proportion? Foreigners who set their passports on fire and then tell the Chinese government to prove that they’re foreigners, and then prove which nationality of foreigner? Yeah, the whole thing is ridiculous.

      The same thing happens in Spain, much to the annoyance of the locals. The difference is the brits and germans buying holiday/retirement homes in Spain, aren’t pushing the Spanish out of the shoe business, and selling cheap stuff in shops. And Chinese wonder why they experience racism in Italy and Spain?

      • Joe

        It’s just business…

    • REally? And what about all the Africans now overstaying their visas in China? As China gets richer, people from other countries will increasingly try and stay here.

      • Alan

        As China gets richer, people from other countries will increasingly try and stay here.

        With no welfare? Don’t delude yourself….for Africans it will always be paradise, compared to a life of poverty and buses without doors…..

        • With no welfare? What exactly do you mean? The US barely has any welfare either. It doesn’t seem to stop people from moving there.

          • Little Wolf

            What exactly do you mean? There’s plenty of welfare in USA…it’s just that usually you need to be an illegal immigrant to qualify. Besides….in USA we have In’N’Out Burger and those hamburgers are fucking awesome! That’s enough of a reason right there.

          • Notorious

            Little Wolf, you mean we have white castles… mmmm those yummy-licious little burgers.

          • marsvin

            “You have to be an illegal immigrant to qualify for government assistance”

            And you wonder why foreigners laughs their heads off at American political “debate”

      • Little Wolf

        Yeah and all the Chinese getting richer and trying to get the fuck out. Good call.

  • Interested

    Survey is subjective. Data is objective. True rank for China should be this
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-17585201
    http://www.imo-official.org/results.aspx
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:National_IQ_Lynn_Vanhanen_2006_IQ_and_Global_Inequality.png

    IQ is genetically based. China should be proud of that.

    • Alan

      IQ is genetically based. China should be proud of that.

      IQ isn’t everything though.

      For all their prowess in Maths and Science, in other areas, sadly lacking.

      The teaching of subjects needs to be more rounded, with more focus on sports, home economics, and so on.

      • An anonymous boy…

        The IQ genetic bases is in fact unknown if it is true or not with most studies leaning toward the fact it is most likely not true (due to the fact that no genes have been found to be linked to intelligence).

        However of those who choose to believe such, quality of education greatly affects IQ test scores, as does racial discrimination, as does the environment. Lastly, IQ tests are proposed to be meaningless…

        • Brett Hunan

          Read Freakonomics. There is an interesting section on seemingly unrelated factors that, statistically, do affect intellegence.

  • JAYJAY

    Fauna, you listed England as No.4, but I think the actual survey listed UK as No.4. There is a difference you know.

    • JAYJAY

      I meant Joel…

    • Joel

      Thanks, fixed. Chalk it up to my American tendencies.

  • Jeff

    I came for the sex…

    • hooots

      You should leave. Quantity but no quality.

    • choloboy

      oh yeah jeff, you came for chinese dick….fucking fag

  • Rod

    China ranking #5? Obviously they’ve never been here.

    I am surprised to see so much skepticism from The Chinese – I thought there would be a lot more pro China comments. Maybe it’s because Japan is #1.

    • moop

      i always tell people china can be a great place to visit, but a terrible place to live. what percentage of foreigners who actually live here view this counrty favorably, that i would be interested in knowing. half of the respondents probably are just basing their vote on the olympics and hype, not an actual knowledge of china itself

      • Anus Presley

        I live here and my view of China is mostly positive. Though as anyone who knows anything about China, it’s impossible to generalize or sum up the place. To cut a long story short, there are a lot of positives and a lot of negatives, though my opinion is that the positives just about outdo the negatives.
        The main things about China that piss me off are the lack of respect or consideration for others – queue jumping, smoking cigarettes in lifts (elevators), spitting on the floors of restaurants and buses, driving like total fucking idiots, slapping women about in the street, and fighting dirty – always grabbing a bottle in a bar fight.

        These things just off the top of my head.

        But apart from that (and If I had to name the things that piss me off about the West – particularly England – then I could probably jot down just as many things), I think China is a great country. I like the fact that there’s history around every corner, so many things to see, the minority cultures, the friendliness of most people – especially towards foreigners, the hustle and bustle of the place (the community atmosphere on the streets, as opposed to the West where everyone hides indoors blinking at their television sets), the fact that it’s not a nanny state (but still, they need to sort out the traffic problems here), and the food.

        Anyway, hope that helps. I could say more, but I don’t want to take up the whole page here.

        • Little Wolf

          Not a nanny state…Are you shittin me?
          Let’s see…just off the top of my head

          Spent a lifetime surfing some of the nastiest breaks on the planet but forced to evacuate some knee-high surf near Ningbo I was trying to body-surf because apparently it was “too dangerous”.

          While filming a movie, a stuntman was required to slide down a rope from the 2nd floor to the 1st as it was also deemed “too dangerous” despite having hurled myself out of airplanes since I was 16. This rope was also less than 1/2 the height of the rope in my high school gym which every boy was required to climb to the top in order to pass P.E. (of course, this was before all the fatties were given a pass due to sel-esteem issues)

          Denied permission to compete in a local level kickboxing event because I “might get hurt”

          Sitting on a bench in the open sun while my girlfriend went shopping and leaning my head back to get some sun on my face while every Chinese within 50 feet ruined my tranquility with their insistence I cover my head.
          ETC..

          On the plus side….. I can buy fireworks which would be cool if I was like…….12.

        • moop

          how long have you lived here? sounds like i felt in my first couple months or so… i generally find that people are nice when the either want something like to practice their english, or for you to buy something, or for you to give them face in some way. some are actually truly nice, like some of the old people i talk to in my neighborhood. the fun history aspect of china faded away for me quickly, especially when you see how much has been destroyed or neglected, not to mention all the touristy hisorical spots are full of people trying to sell you something. it still boggles my mind that most of the people here walk down the street texting in a city with 20 million people, expecting everyone to get out of their way, or like at lunch yesterday how people can refuse to give an extra chair for your dinner party because they want to set their bag on top of it. china lost it’s charm pretty quickly. i liked it when i visited, thought it was rough around the edges, but i enjoyed my visits before moving here. but after learning the language, and therefore getting another view of china, i’ve been dissapointed to put it as mildly as i can. china is addictively bad. sometimes its like a car wreck and you can’t keep from turning away. or like when you were younger and you fart and you can’t help but want to smell it just to see how bad it is so you lift up the covers and give yourself a dutch-oven. that’s what china has become to me. and as much as i hate it sometimes, there is something addictive about how crazy this place is.

          • cc

            China in my opinion is consistantly, inconsistent, nuff said.

          • Little Wolf

            moop…I assume that was directed at me. I’ve been here 10 years and I assume we’ve chewed alot of the same dirt. I feel pretty much as you do. Weary of all the bullshit but never enough to finally make a clean break. I love my job here (I’m not an English teacher but I used to be) and I’ve managed to simplify my life to a kind of underworld existence ( a Little Wolf bubble, I suppose you can call it) where I really don’t have to put up with the kind of shit I used to. Kind of like pulling burrs out of your socks one at a time( “THERE! FINALLY GOT RID OF THAT FUCKER!) I don’t think China has improved much in the time I’ve been here but I think I am alot nicer to people than I used to be. So China may have improved me.

          • moop

            nah, i was talking to anus. always good to hear from you though little wolf

  • Chunghwa

    If you guys are wondering what Japanese netizens are saying about the BBC survey:
    http://dat.2chan.net/38/res/439715.htm
    http://www.webcitation.org/67gEPiwBo
    They all seem quite surprised.

    • Matt

      I’m eagerly awaiting JapanPUNCH so I can find out what they’re all saying…

      • rollin wit 9’s

        same here dude! its going on my Christmas list if we don’t have it by then. EH hem, Faauunaaaaa….

      • Chunghwa

        JapanPUNCH would be a good idea actually. It would break the current monopoly that is run by Shitkaku Complex, one of the worst websites dealing with Japanese netizen shenanigans. The author, Artefact, puts sensationalist tabloid nonsense into fucking everything.

        What are you waiting for, ChinaSMACK and KoreaBANG devs? Do you not want to be flowing in pageviews?

  • Made In World

    As I battle the Chinese intenet… I could go on an hour rant, but I’ll simply say WTF? I guess it’s true, the abused tend the love the abusers

  • Made In World

    Okay, I just read the Chinese comments. BTW, the comments about “whities” (which I am not) getting special treatment… it’s NOT special treatment. It’s called human rights. China recognizes we come from countries that don’t generally treat us like animals, and they attempt (not always sucessfully) to accomodate us, as long as we don’t say things like this…

    • Dat Ankle

      So whats your definition of special treatment? Because Im sure that treating Westerns with more respect then the people of their own country falls under that line.

  • Made In World

    Pretty messed up that Canada is number 3. Canada has a horrible, almost non existant, government now… believe it or not…

    • 404 name not found

      Because Canada is USA’s northern territory..

    • I don’t believe it… What now?

      Harper might be a dick, but I seriously doubt that the entire governmen and all it’s services dissappeared cause the Cons got a majority vote.

      Pretty obvious reasons why Canada would be ranked so highly, if you don’t see them, I suggest you visit other places to see the difference.

      • Wow, people are dense…

        Universal healthcare
        No domestic terrorism
        Abundant natural resources
        Small population, massive geography
        Peacekeepers literally invented by a Canadian
        Democratic without a massive corporate input in the form of “camgpaign donations” due to regulations on the amount
        Multi-party system tha represent a more diverse section of the population
        Forward thinking and humanistic policies
        Regulated and stable financial sector
        High GDP per capita
        Good education system
        Pristine nature
        Frindly, polite and helpful people with few exceptions
        Pretty much universally accepted visa free passport
        Really multicultural, not just pretend “51 minorities”
        Should I go on?

        Yeah, just part of what makes Canada amazing and why most educated people look at it positively. Leadership through example.

        PS. Motherfucking smoked bacon, maple syrup and poutine, there is no rebuttal for that. YEAH!!!

        • Little Wolf

          No arguments from me there. It is everything on that list and more. And alot of creative talent from such a small population(Off the top of my head… Rush, Shania Twain, Sum 41, Saga, Mike Myers, Pat Travers, Celine Dion, Nickelback, Kittie, The whole Second City crew, William Shatner….ok …I know there’s alot more but I think you get the point) On the other hand, I read a really excellent book a few months back “Veronika Wants To Die” by Paulo Coelho. (I understand there’s a movie but I am sure there is no way it can be adapted well for screen). Most of the book takes place inside a mental institution. There’s a chapter where the head doctor explains about most people regard Canada as having the highest standard of living in the world based on on a global survey.(A real survey not the farce in this article) Yet he goes on to explain that more than 52% of Canadians will suffer from mental illness at some point in their lives.
          I generally like Canadians and you seem like a decent enough guy, so I’m not trying to smack-talk your country but I’m interested in your take on this. (I hope this comment is legible cuz I really gotta take a whiz and I’m running to the wc……….now

          • I never heard that statistic, but I’m curious enough to learn more. It also depends on what type of mental illness we’re talking about. Also the definition of mental illness.

            For example, I find that the over-diagnoses of ADHD or Anxiety disorder can actually serve as a psychosomatic trigger in otherwise normal people.

            However, if we’re talking about severe/serious mental problems like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder if disassociate identity disorder etc. Then I would have to question that number. I just never saw half the population talking to themselves or going nuts.

            It’s awesome that I got an actual reply rather than some troll. Thanks dude.

            PS. Celine Dion, Nickelback and the Dark Bieber are only called Tbose-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named in Canada, I may have broken a taboo just by writing their accursed names.

          • Little Wolf

            Aw C’mon, Elijah….Nickelback is not THAT bad. (Maybe they can use that for their next advertising campaign)
            I think the book mostly refers to chronic depression more than any serious mental disorders. I remember how the constant dark messed with my head when I lived in Sweden and even the 24 hour daylight in summer affected me in that…it was light outside, so I should be awake. And was easy to feel isolated in winter….sitting in my chair watching really fucking boring Sweden government sponsored programming which meant…an hour of news, an hour of culture, exciting prime-time programs such as “The History of Steamed Vegetables” followed by a movie (Usually from India since they’re inexpensive) and being from India you have to use your brain for the subliminal erotica such as….husband is feeling frisky and winking at the wife during dinner…cut to next scene…wife is making the bed the following morning and pulls the cover back revealing a black hair on the pillow(CAMERA ZOOM ON STRAND OF BLACK HAIR) as you put the pieces together in your mind…there’s a fucking hair on the pillow which can only mean the husband was in the bed with her (If I had a gun I would have been playing Russian Roullette by then)

            For some reason I can imagine living in say….the north of Quebec might be something similar to this.

        • cc

          And full of people who forget how to spell in the excitement of spouting off about there own country

          • Dangers of using a mobile touch screen, the buttons have no barriers and it’s extremely easy to slide to another letter. That combined with annoying problem of formulating sentences while still typing the one you thought out a minute ago messes with your head.

            But hey congrats

            Achievement Unlocked:
            Obnoxious Douchebag
            Found an easily understandable and overlooked mistake (usually pertaining to grammar or spelling)
            20 Gamerpoints

      • Notorious

        in canada one can sleep with their doors unlocked and no one will rob or rape them. shit, that pretty much qualifies as the best place in the world to me. my window is three stories high and i still won’t leave it open for fear of some man climbing in.

        • Little Wolf

          3 floors up is nothing for Chinese thieves. They can be resourceful little bastards. I have dogs though and they would never get close to my window.

    • dim mak

      That’s probably why Canada is up there
      It’s seen a sterile, politically neutral country

    • Dat Ankle

      Canada is number 3 because Canada is boring and bring is safe :D Im sure the Canadian stereotype has some play in it too.

  • Made In World

    I think it’s a survey of who bitched the least…

  • Made In World

    Sorry for posting so much, but I keep reading this, and I don’t think I understand it. What exactly was the question? Were they asking people from countries what country was best, or what they thought of their country? This is a really confusing story. It’s about economy? Human rights? What? I don’t really get this survey…

    • Joel

      The full results of the survey are linked above, but here is the specific questioning taken from the GlobeScan page linked:

      Question Wording

      M1A. Please tell me if you think each of the following countries is having a mainly positive or mainly negative influence in the world.

      [List of countries]

      M1B. Please tell me if you think each of the following countries is having a mainly positive or mainly negative influence in the world.

      [List of countries]

      There were some other randomly asked questions as well that are viewable by clicking the link above or here.

      • Weird thing is they’re only counting the positives here – not subtracting postives from negatives. China’s positives are strong, but its negatives are also still pretty strong.

  • Dr Hung Low

    Bloody hell, will the chinese ever cease to see themselves as victims??? Get the hell over yourselves. Some of the comments above are pathetic

    • Made In World

      They are victims. I’m gonna get slammed for this comment… but they choose to be victims…

    • chinese who get to boink whities in those foreign countries don’t see themselves as victims

      • Anon

        Take your videos and fuck off.

      • Dr Hung Low

        All 5 of them?

        • Chunghwa

          I get the feeling you are from /jp/. Are you from /jp/?

          “We’re all waiting for you at /b*n/!”

      • ACE

        that’s why they are known as – WHITE TRASH!

      • mr. wiener

        Which one is the chick?

    • lonetrey

      Bloody hell, will these self-righteous internet commentors ever cease to see themselves as victims??? Get the hell over yourselves. Some of the comments above are pathetic.

      • Dr Hung Low

        lonetrey must be chinese as he cant come up with any original comment

  • Made In World

    Something’s happened in Beijing today, cuz the internet is messed up!

  • Bryan from USA

    1. Japan: World War 2
    2. Germany: World War 1 and 2
    3. Canada: Only Iraq and Afghanistan.
    4. United Kingdom: British Empire that was hated by everyone that was not British.
    5. China: Loved by everyone else, except by its own people.
    6. France: The only people that love the French are the French themselves.
    7. European Union: Loved only by immigrants who want free welfare money.
    8. USA: Everybody hates the guy who is Number#1.
    9. Brazil: No one I can think of that hates Brazil.
    10. India: Pakistan and China don’t like them.

    • Alan

      United Kingdom: British Empire that was hated by everyone that was not British.

      Not everyone, or you would not have had certain countries clamouring to JOIN the Commonwealth voluntarily. India was the first to propose such an idea, I do believe. You cut the umbilical cord, but they still keep wanting to come back…what does that say?!

      • Finger lickin good

        Money is breast milk dipshit.

        • kaka

          … and the direct financial incentives for being a member of the Commonwealth are?

          … having been to many former colonial countries I’ve never faced any hatred based on my nationality, or feel that I should have to hide my nationality.

          … Well, never to the extent that I have had to tell everyone that I am Canadian, and sew a Canadian flag on my bag…

          Britain had an Empire. When placed in its historical context – some people have a good opinion, some people have a bad opinion. Usually, it’s mixed.

          You’ll find this repeated throughout history; Russia, Caliphate, Persia, Greece, Rome, France, Japan, Spain, Egypt, Ethiopia (you should read about it, very interesting), and so on….

          The American Empire, as it currently exists, means some people hate America, some people like America. When it declines, as all empires do – some people will have fond memories, some people bad.

          The notion “USA: Everybody hates the guy who is Number#1.” kind of misses the point: After the Russo-Japanese War Japan where No 1 in Asia. Germany was No 1 in Continental Europe in both 1914 and 1939. Russia was No 1 in Eastern Europe in 1945. Britain was, Greece was, Spain was, etc, etc…

          None of these countries were hated because of their No 1 status, but rather they were hated by some because of what they chose to do with it.

          • It seems to me you are slightly ignoring the fact that the British empire meant the dispossesion and mass murder of the natives of the entire North America and Oceania. Hardly a small deal, although the Spanish in South and Central America weren’t much better.

          • Somethin Somethin

            “None of these countries were hated because of their No 1 status, but rather they were hated by some because of what they chose to do with it.”

            Seriously be objective. Countries don’t like other countries with the power to wipe them off the face of the Earth. There has never been a truly benevolent world power.

          • “slightly ignoring the fact that the British empire meant the dispossesion and mass murder of the natives of the entire North America and Oceania.”

            Really? I seem to remember a certain colony splitting off in 1776. Meantime Native Americans got a lot better treatment in Canada than they did in the States (i.e., no rounding them up in reservations and shooting any that tried to leave).

        • Alan

          Whatever. It is unrelated to money, and you have made what,1 post.

          • “Really? I seem to remember a certain colony splitting off in 1776. Meantime Native Americans got a lot better treatment in Canada than they did in the States (i.e., no rounding them up in reservations and shooting any that tried to leave).”

            Right. However the people dispossesing the natives still arrived in North America during British rule. If you were a native you would not see much difference. And in Australia, much of the dispossesion and murder took place directly under British rule. Incidentally, other European countries engaged in similar things elsewhere, so I don’t want to demonize the British in particular or anything.

          • moop

            “I don’t want to demonize the British in particular or anything.” of course you did. that was your intention

      • redgirl

        I hate the British Empire always have always will.

        • mr. wiener

          What “British Empire”. there is very little left to hate.

          • Alan

            Well, unless your a gutless argie or hypocritical spaniard, and a few rocks in the indian ocean and pacific…..otherwise, you are right!

          • redgirl

            Gutless Argie, or hand of God? It’s all relative.

        • cc

          Can’t say that it was perfect, but it did bring certain standards to most of its minions

    • Little Wolf

      seems about right

    • Alice S

      I don’t think all Chi dislike Indians.

  • An anonymous boy…

    Sorry but it seems to me the article misrepresents what was asked slightly (BBC also does this)… To be clear the questions was exactly:

    “Please tell me if you think each of the following countries is having a mainly positive or mainly negative influence in the world.” (Then a list of countries)

    Which means the person could still feel negatively about the country, but believe it has a positive influence on the world. Or vice versa.

    Further information:

    “In five of the 22 countries, the sample was limited to major urban areas. The margin of error per country ranges from +/- 2.9 to 4.9 per cent, 19 times out of 20.”

    So the top few’s ordering could mean nothing and be switched around somewhat.

  • navighost

    Nice illustration of how little the general public know about life in other countries. Otherwise, meaningless. Interesting comments though.

  • Dr SUN

    I always think it’s funny when Chinese blame all their woes and troubles on someone else.
    Maybe it’s time to put down the tea, close the Mahjong board, get off your asses and change your own political, legal and financially corrupt system.

    Just a thought.

    • lonetrey

      I always think it’s funny when [Americans/foreigners/humans] blame all their woes and troubles on someone else.
      Maybe it’s time to put down the [soda/english tea/water], close the [PS3,chessboard,toys], get off your asses and change your own political, legal and financially corrupt system.

      Just a thought.

      Clearly, this thought is really unique and applies only to the Chinese.

      • Dr SUN

        ok fair point it probably applies to N.Koreas too, I guess.

    • Finger lickin good

      “The chinese are taking all of our jobs!” said the average American. Boycott walmarts!

  • ACE

    The usa should be voted as the last and least popular with free radiation and the famous tsa molesters manning the airports.australia is not far behind especially where the immigration sluts and assholes like to harass tourists with their ‘fuck-up’ racist attitude.one would consider making a visit to these countries again when the violent war monger WHITE TRASH return the land to the rightful owners they’ve INVADED and ROBBED!

    • mimomimo

      Racist much?

      • lonetrey

        Please. The KKK would be proud to have this guy. That’s how racist he is, that even the white racists would welcome him with open arms.

    • Obama is white trash?

      • 404 name not found

        He’s a fucking Oreo.. black on the outside white on the inside

  • David L

    Sure that others have already pointed this out, but this survey has nothing to do with which countries are most POPULAR – it’s about which countries are most INFLUENTIAL. Otherwise I guess Australia might just have made the list…

    • slim shady

      australia is a piece of shit, even iran is on the list lol,, hahaha fucking bitchass australians

      • Jennster

        Lmao.

        • mr. wiener

          You two want to get together and make babies?

      • HeSaidSheSaid

        Care to elaborate?

    • Chad

      They divided the influence into POSITIVE or NEGATIVE influence though, so yes there is a bit of popularity in it. Why on earth is Canada up there if it’s about being the most influential. We don’t matter. At all.

  • mimomimo

    Wow, just reading some of the Chinese comments. Why still the chip on shoulder?

    ” There’s definitely a reason/basis [for this poll result], and it is because China’s resources are the cheapest, especially labor which is at a slave prices, warmly welcomed by foreign nations; China’s ordinary common people are the most docile and meek, always submitting themselves to mistreatment. Even in the face of strenuous manual labor, this country’s labor class demonstrates enormous patience,and this is very desirable in the eyes of foreign investors.”

    “There are two possibilities: One, parts of Europe genuinely have fond feelings toward China. Two, the Western media deliberately released this for Chinese to see, the intention being: Hardworking, brave, kind-hearted and gullible Chinese, behold the results of your selfless assistance, the European mainland you have flattered has started to give you honor, but this is still far from enough, only ranked fifth, don’t you wanttobe first,sobetterhurry and provide more assistance!”

    Cripes! Why can’t they accept people may view China positively? That the western media does control our brains or that it’s not all about money? After living in China for a few years, can’t stand the place – so I left. I was surprised by how people react when I say I’ve just returned from China to the UK. “Why?! Surely it’s the place to be now? They’ll be ruling the world soon. Trust me, you’ll be back there in a few years…” Drives me mad. Always said by people who think China is all about tea, dragons, pandas and kung fu.

    It’s frightening. The CCPs soft power approach is a actually working.

    • navighost

      Ha, yes, I often get the same response from people now that I am back in Europe, like China is the new land of opportunity or something.
      On the other hand, I also get people who say ‘You went to live in China? Are you mad?’, but most people think that I was ‘very brave’, which is revealing.
      Unlike you though I enjoyed my time in China, although not all the time, and my love (yes) for the country and it’s people was bitter-sweet, mixed with feelings of sympathy, pity and sometimes disgust and fury.

      • Somethin Somethin

        I’d almost like to see a Chinese weibo post about this. American peoples reactions to people who tell them they’re going to China. One of my friends had this cop pull him over when he was slotted to leave for Shanghai soon. The cop says “Don’t worry about the ticket son, you’re gonna have your hands full just trying to find food and water pretty soon.” or the guy where I was working says to me all hushed “Yeah I see why you’re going over there. I like Asian girls too. Small hands. Makes my dick look bigger.” I guess these are a little old maybe 4 or 6 years ago, but still they make me laugh at how silly peoples perception of the outside world can be.

    • Alan

      The CCPs soft power approach is a actually working

      Only as long as they stay in power, that is.

  • mimomimo

    Wow, just reading some of the Chinese comments. Why still the chip on shoulder?

    ” There’s definitely a reason/basis [for this poll result], and it is because China’s resources are the cheapest, especially labor which is at a slave prices, warmly welcomed by foreign nations; China’s ordinary common people are the most docile and meek, always submitting themselves to mistreatment. Even in the face of strenuous manual labor, this country’s labor class demonstrates enormous patience,and this is very desirable in the eyes of foreign investors.”

    “There are two possibilities: One, parts of Europe genuinely have fond feelings toward China. Two, the Western media deliberately released this for Chinese to see, the intention being: Hardworking, brave, kind-hearted and gullible Chinese, behold the results of your selfless assistance, the European mainland you have flattered has started to give you honor, but this is still far from enough, only ranked fifth, don’t you wanttobe first,sobetterhurry and provide more assistance!”

    Cripes! Why can’t they accept people may view China positively? That the western media does control our brains or that it’s not all about money? After living in China for a few years, can’t stand the place – so I left. I was surprised by how people react when I say I’ve just returned from China to the UK. “Why?! Surely it’s the place to be now? They’ll be ruling the world soon. Trust me, you’ll be back there in a few years…” Drives me mad. Always said by people who think China is all about tea, dragons, pandas and kung fu.

    It’s frightening. The CCPs soft power approach is a actually working.

    • dim mak

      I’m guessing it’s more likely people around the world like China more because they see it as a counterweight to the US, the enemy of my enemy etc

      Then again, I can’t fathom how the UK would be #4.

      • Alan

        Then again, I can’t fathom how the UK would be #4.

        Me neither, I mean world class arts, museums, beautiful countryside, the home of English literature, Shakespeare, et al….need I go on? You might have to turn off your sarcasm filter, viet boat boy…..

        Now what does HK have culturally, besides what the british left behind? Kowloon walled city….meh!

        You bite, I bite back…..

        • slim shady

          but he was biting your cock, nice to see you returned the favor

        • dim mak

          That’s okay, HK isn’t a country. China is.

          Fact: English “culture” is short and barely comparable to even just 1 Chinese province. Deal w/ it britshit.

  • Abu

    Popularity chart is yet making still sense! What i cant wrap my head arround is how you guys have gradually turned it into a negative thing…. I mean Germany, once was a fortress of power and innovation, England, a nation that once rulled the whole world, sun wouldn’t set in the british kingdom. US, still a massive proportion of Chinese citizens want to move and live over der. Etc.
    Im not saying that China is any bit less deserving to be popular, but still its a prestigious thing even to be ranked number 5.
    P.s. Stop being a bitch and take it, coz we all know that we fall behind in certain aspects.

  • Brett Hunan

    So North Korea went up in points, while Australia and South Korea went down.

    North Korea had a missile launch…. seriously who voted in this?

    • An anonymous boy…

      They didn’t actually ask about Australia (Only 16 countries and EU were asked about)…that is why it is not on the list.

      North Korea actually improved by 3 percentage points (over 2011).
      South Korea actually improved by 1 percentage point (over 2011).

      “Perceptions of North Korea’s influence in the world remain strongly negative in 2012. However, a slight improvement is apparent in the aftermath of Kim Jong ll’s death.”

      However: both of the above increases could be due to error since they were so small… So who knows…

      • Brett Hunan

        Ahhh, I misread the original article. Thanks anonboy.

    • Alice S

      Maybe Chi? Anyone who is not Japp with get points!!

  • Alan

    allowing China to surpass both the United States and the European Union to become the world’s fifth most popular country.

    Errr, since when is the EU a country?

    Or if we are going to list supranational organizations as countries, then Mercosur and the Arab League and the CIS should also be countries?

    I don’t believe this beeb reporting for bananas!!

  • Vincent

    I live in the EU and my experience of chinese people has been working with them in a factory on the shop-floor. The are nice people and excellent to work with. I have a very favourable impression of chinese people.

    • DRaY

      THEY ONLY SEEM NICE… IF YOU ARE FOREIGNER AND CUSTOMER IN THAT FACTORY, OF COURSE THEY WILL BE NICE. IF THEY DONT HAVE TO ANSWER TO YOU, OR IF YOU HAVE NO AUTHORITY OVER THEM, THEY WILL NOT GIVE A FUCK ABOUT YOU. CHINESE ARE VERY RUDE TO PEOPLE THEY DONT KNOW, OR DONT HAVE TO KISS UP TOO. COME ON THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO LET A LITTLE GIRL DIE IN THE STREET!! CHINESE PEOPLE ARE REALLY FUCKED UP.

      • Dawei

        I agree, up to a point, we have all personally seen the stereotype of privately good publically antisocial behavior but you do meet a growing number of Chinese particularly among the educated and younger generation who have more of a sense and understanding of the importance of common courtesy and respect for individuals.

        I try my best to be polite but if someone cuts me off I give then a mouthful, or shove them back. Sometimes when getting on trains you have to go with the flow, or you do end up last. Anyway getting better everyday is my sense.

        • Alan

          I try my best to be polite but if someone cuts me off I give then a mouthful, or shove them back. Sometimes when getting on trains you have to go with the flow, or you do end up last.

          Agreed. Rude people, regardless of nationality, need to be put in their place.

          It is just that among richer Chinese here, there is real rudeness and snobbishness.

  • Jennster

    The bbc poll 2011 I was just looking at days earlier show USA third most hated in the world out of 12. I think china was 6 or 7th

    • Jennster

      I mean china was ranked 6/7 out of 12 countries polled. USA last third with more negatives than positives.

      • mr. wiener

        This will all change in the future as china assumes the mantel of superpower. It’s lonely at the top.

        • jennster

          if we look at history, ‘insert’ empire (ming, qing, tang etc) actually more liked the more powerful it got. you can’t compare a civilisation like china to 200 year old USA.

          • mr. wiener

            No?
            Actually the age of empires is past. The Roman clocked in at 800 years. Each of the dynasties in china got about 200-300 years before the turnover. The only really global spanning empire was the Brits and they lasted about 150-200 years before the rot set in. The Yanks have had 80-90 years and their time is just about up.
            The modern Chinese superpower. Can they ever be alone at the top? And for how long? Interesting questions.
            Please don’t mistake me for a white apologist. If you look at history you should do it without an axe to grind. Dogma and prejudice cloud our interpretation of what the future will be like.

          • Little Wolf

            Seriously weiner, I don’t know how anybody that has spent more than a month in China can truly believe this country is destined to become “The” superpower.

          • mr. wiener

            That’s what makes this question so interesting. Everyone says they’re going to be. They already think they are. What’s going to happen and how long will it last?
            I personally think China will be a world power , but not the dominant one. A resurgent US will climb back, but find itself dependent the help and support of regional powers, India, within its sphere of influence, China within theirs, Russia, Brazil etc. It’s going to be interesting.

  • Notorious

    You iknow what we need? A USA-SMACK where foreigners living in america can talk all the shit they want. Seriously. you’d be amazed by how rude, trifling, mean, and racist americans are. people want to come here because of the money then they get here and they are shocked by the poverty. people come to chinasmack and talk trash about china and chinese people act like the countries they hail from is perfect. lol yeah rightl

    • Brett Hunan

      I just want chinaSMACK to be retranslated for all Chinese netizens to read, then back to English for us to see their reactions…. A big circle of never-ending poison all for my viewing enjoyment.

    • Little Wolf

      Notorius, you never spent one day on Chinese soil yet somehow consider yourself more evolved than us low-lifes that actually live here and go toe-to-toe with the daily life. It’s reasonable to assume that everything you know about China, you learned on Chinasmack. Don’t be talking the talk until you’ve walked the walk.

      Btw…. no matter how rude, trifling, mean, and racist SOME Americans are, we are also probably the most self-critical people on Earth

      • mr. wiener

        At the end of the day we are all very much the same. That is the lesson Chinasmack has been trying to teach from the start.

        • PeterScriabin

          Well, if that’s how it is at the end of the day, then it still must only be about 10.00am.

          Don’t tell me…they got to you, Mr. Wiener?

          • mr. wiener

            ….One of us!…one of us!

      • So not true. You get people criticizing their own country everywhere, China included. Europeans in general seem to me far more self-critical and less nationalistic than Americans.

        • Little Wolf

          Wow jixiang…..what a convincing argument. I stand corrected again.

    • dim mak

      Yeah, I call that… the Internet

      • Alan

        Or in China, the walled garden intranet….

  • Hello

    nonsense!!

    • Alice S

      Yes, expecially about Japps being… If they surveyed everyone…

  • jennster

    also the netizens are mistaken. majority of positives china got aren’t mainly from european based countries. most come from middle east, south america, africa and some asian countries.

  • Jahar

    This reeks of, “I want to be popular too! I want everyone to think I’m good! I want to be one of the cool kids!” I’m sure this is all over the German, Japanese, and Canadian blogs, and we are all patting ourselves on the back because of it. Most likely no one cares.

  • Orthodox

    The list is the answer to the question: what are the countries with the lowest fertility rates?

    • sai

      no,south korea has most low birth rate.

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  • milamilo

    I wonder how could it be global, including only some of the countries?

  • Bunny99

    China has some good points and could be expected to score well in such surveys, if the question is about economic influence, most potential, or nation currently having the most positive influence on world affairs – it all depends on the questions and who is being asked (the BBC probably didn’t survey foreigners living in China).

    An employer of mine once made us all complete an “Employee Morale” survey – the questions on it were mostly of this kind:

    Which of the following best describes your feelings about working here?

    A. I am extremely happy in my work here
    B. I am happy in my work here
    C. I have serious problems in my work here
    D. I am extremely unhappy here

    These are trick questions – many people will pick B because C and D are too extreme and not because they are really happy there.

    So, unless the questions are well designed and/or you are clear about what is being asked, the results of surveys can be surprising.

    Another example:
    Which of these places would you most like to visit for holiday?

    A. Fujishima, Japan
    B. Hama, Syria
    C. Detroit, USA
    D. Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), India

    The result would probably allow me to say “Eight out of ten respondents said they would prefer to holiday in Detroit”!

    • Webster0105

      It was a simple face-to-face interview asking the respondent’s opinions (or feelings) about a country’s influence in the world – i.e. generally positive or negative

  • typingfromwork

    I am quite surprised, but then China hasn’t been terribly controversial internationally so people do not think they are a threat. It’s interesting that the UK is ranked so high- I’ll bet they weren’t so popular at the height of the Iraq invasion.

  • JJ88

    Hello all, my post on QQ didn’t pass the censors. Why would they– they never pass the censors. I thought I’d post it here just for posterity, and to help relieve some of the frustration I have for never getting to speak my peace on these issues. Perhaps, I’m truly becoming Chinese?

    你好,我觉至今帖子都说的太片面,所以必须插进以下。

    第一: “中国的政局最稳定 (你是说那里最稳定的国家– 亚洲? 在发展国家中?)外国投资者从来不用担心在这里会遇到在他们本国令其头疼的罢工、示威、争取权益等劳资纠纷引发的不愉快,当地政府就帮他们平息了;(西方的投资者投资中国和投资西方的国家是两码事。 要做正确的比较,那么说泰国还是越南)

    第二: 你觉得外国企业在中国赚钱容易吗? 那么你整个错了。 天天有外国公司在中国面对巨大困难而倒闭了。 (I wrote something here comparing Chinese doing business abroad and foreigners doing business in China, and lost that version to QQ censors).

    你爱发泄就发泄吧,但我希望你好好知道我们外国人不要当作中国的替死鬼。

    JJ

    • mellenharker

      恩,知道了~

  • Webster0105

    There are a lot of issues with this study, but the main problem is that there is some systematic bias…there is a problem in randomly selecting countries…because it relies upon the assumption that a Brazilian working in Sao Paulo is similar to one in Frankfurt.

    That is to say, the sample they used is too small and, more importantly, we don’t know WHY they chose the countries they did. If it wasn’t completely random, there is some bias involved and the results aren’t very reliable (e.g. not measuring what they believe it is).

  • Notorious

    where are those soldiers standing? Looks like a red hole is about to open up and swallow them into the sky.

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  • Ming

    Why is Canada ranked so high? I mean, I am sure it has many friendly citizens, but nevertheless…

    • Alice S

      I have never being to Canada but I heard that they were nice. And I believed.

  • sai

    Japan seems to have no interest in all countries.

    • Jennster

      I like sushi!

      Yeah but I’d understand, kinda like how Qing dynasty or some other dynasty was at its height.

  • Xiongmao

    These polls are bull. It all depends on which countries’ local websites finds out and decide to ask its readers to go and vote. A few years back there was an international big league media stunt to find the best national anthem. The Chinese websites found out and directed millions of users to the votes, effectively placing the lame ass Mao Zedong praising march as no. 1.

    • tai wai

      So the wu mao party artificially increased China’s results, so that they could complain loudly about those results?

      Huh.

    • anon

      You should probably do a cursory examination of the Globescan polling methodology before jumping to conclusions.

  • tai wai

    Man, this website is just a cesspit of racism and ethnocentrism any more, isn’t it? From the translated comments to the English ones.

    It’s like Stormfront, alllooksame.com and Yahoo answers had a locust rape baby.

    • tai wai

      Oh, and it’s also humorous that the follow-up comments notification scheme uses wordpress.com.

      Error 101 (net::ERR_CONNECTION_RESET): The connection was reset.

    • jennster

      i was reading up on xenophobia meaning and one definition is ‘afraid of strangers’. that’s really relevant to my personality LOL.

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  • dpaul

    nobody seems to question the list of these 22 countries that responded to the survey. I would bet there gotta be a large representation of African countries for China to score so high. elsewhere, China is not so much loved.

  • Justin Thyme (aka Dan Danger)

    Yea but this survey was sponsored by the BBC, the West’s version of CCTV. All these western countries are full of unwashed, miserable hippies and wannabe anarchists who live for the day when the true empires like the US and Britain and Israel are smashed and truly wonderful nations like China, N. Korea, Somalia and “Palestine” rise up and take their places. Then all the hippies can finally read Mao’s Little red Book of Rubbish in actual Chinese and remember fondly the days when they could openly denounce their own governments.

    • Luobo

      Any real anarchist or even well read socialist will tell you that governments like those in China and North Korea and Palestine for chrissakes are the last thing they would like to impose. More freedom not less, equality not stratification, brotherhood not hero worship and elitism in general. You can disagree with these ideals but your comment is inaccurate and dated….people dont go around carrying pictures of chairman mao at protests anymore you fucking dolt

  • lol

    japan is not interested against other countries.

  • Notorious

    these soldiers look handsome in their suits but one problem. shouldn’t they be a little bit more muscular? Their bodies are so slight they could be a waifish runaway model, which looks to me like they could be overpowered in a fight, unless they know some other ways to kick people in their asses. U.S. marines and army people are huge and bulky with muscles… mmmmm muscles, but I can say that these guys in this pictures have nice legs and look very fine and upright.

  • David

    This poll is right, but remember that the only thing that the poll is doing is order 17 countries for popularity. If the poll had included more countries, many places would have been displaced and for example India wouldnt have been the number 10.

    Anyway its a good reference.

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