US the most disappointing country: GT poll

By Bai Yunyi Source:Global Times Published: 2020/5/22 14:18:40

A store in New York, US, puts up a notice which reads "No Mask, No Entry" on Monday. According to data from the John Hopkins University, as of press time on Tuesday, the US has reported more than 1,508,900 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the largest number in the world with the death toll at more than 90,000. Photo: AFP

The US was voted by Chinese respondents in an opinion poll as "the most disappointing country" due to Washington's botched up measures and failure in containing the COVID-19.

1,568 respondents across 10 Chinese cities, participated in the opinion poll themed "public anticipation of economic life after the pandemic," conducted by the poll center of the Global Times ahead of the opening of two sessions.

An overwhelming 86.7 percent of the respondents deemed the US' virus prevention measures as the most disappointed one; followed by the UK with 29 percent. Only a small minority of the participants, 4.9 percent, expressed their disappointment with China's battle against virus.

"As the world's only superpower, the US is equipped with world's top-notch medical technology and medical staff, whilst none of which prevented the country from becoming the one most ravaged by virus. Such sharp contrast is jaw-dropping for most Chinese," Peking University professor Zhang Yiwu told the Global Times. 

"The comparison shows majority of the Chinese people are satisfied with the country's effort in fighting virus," said Zhang.

China's popular voice was also echoed by the international community. Nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of Germans say their views on the US had deteriorated over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a poll conducted by the German non-profit K?rber-Stiftung, published Monday.

A majority of the 71.1 percent respondents of the Global Times' poll are pessimistic about the US' social and economic recovery, exceeding second-ranked India with 43.4 percent. Only 5.7 percent are worried about China's recovery.

Nearly half of the respondents believe it will take one to three years for the world to rebound to the pre-pandemic era; 40.4 percent said China will accelerate the speed to merely six months or one year.

Li Daokui, a prominent economist at Tsinghua University and a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference told the Global Times that the pandemic will inevitably exert a pressure on consumption, foreign trade, and employment; however, it will not shake the core of the Chinese economy. "China will take two to three years to bounce back to the pre-pandemic level. Its economy sees more optimism in the long run as it has abundant resources to deal with the impact of the virus."

Zhang believes that the poll result is also based on China's production resumption pace. "This position signals that the global economy will still heavily depend on China; any anti-globalization move or un-pegging with China will eventually cost heavy price."

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