Global views on China

As part of the Sinophone Borderlands project, a series of representative online public opinion surveys have been conducted in 2020-2022, investigating global attitudes towards China and other related issues. Altogether, we have surveyed 56 countries worldwide (four of them twice) and have collected responses from more than 80 thousand respondents. We hired reputable market and social research agencies to collect the data, including NMS, Focus, and STEM/MARK, who collaborated with global partners such as Cint, Rakuten, Toluna, and others, to collect responses. The research has an ethical statement from the Palacky University Olomouc ethical board.

Five waves of surveys have been organized:

  • 2020 in 13 countries in Europe
  • 2022 in Mainland China and Hong Kong
  • 2022 in 15 countries in the Indo-Pacific
  • 2022 in 15 countries in Africa, Latin America and Caribbean
  • 2022 in 15 countries in North America, Europe, and the Middle East


Alfred Gerstl
James Iocovozzi
Zdenka P. Kyselova
Shirin Naseer
Veronika Vašeková
Klára Dubravčíková
Matej Šimalčík


Duncan McCargo (Nanyang Technological University)

Petra Alderman (University of Birmingham)

Peter Gries (University of Manchester) 

Jagannath Panda (Stockholm Center for South Asian and Indo-Pacific Affairs)

Francisco Urdinez (Pontifical Catholic University of Chile)

Diego Telias (Pontifical Catholic University of Chile)

Tao Wang (University of Manchester)

Sophie Xiangqian Yi (New York University)

Andrew Chubb (Lancaster University)

Bai Xue (Lancaster University)

Barbara Yoxon (Lancaster University)

Andrej Findor (Comenius University in Bratislava)

Jiří Čeněk (Mendel University in Brno)

Herman Aubie (University of Turku)

Diya Jiang (McGill University)

Benjamin Toettoe (University of Montreal)

Matej Šimalčík (Central European Institute of Asian Studies)

Tamás Matura (Central and Eastern European Center for Asian Studies and Corvinus University of Budapest)

Adrian Brona (Jagiellonian University)

Mario Esteban (Elcano Royal Institute)

Björn Jerdén (Swedish Institute of International Relations)

Tim Summers (Chatham House and Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Tim Rühlig (Swedish Institute of International Relations)

Marc Julienne (French Institute of International Relations)

Beatrice Gallelli (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia)

Marco Zappa (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia)

Alessandro Albana (Università di Bologna)

Una Aleksandra Bērziņa-Čerenkova (Rīga Stradiņš University)

Jelena Gledic (University of Belgrade)

Amy Liu (University of Texas at Austin)

José Magano (Instituto Superior de Ciências Empresariais e do Turismo)

Matej Hruška (Comenius University in Bratislava)

Ondrej Buchel (Comenius University in Bratislava)

Publications Summary

Academic publications:

  • After the Coup: Myanmar’s Political and Humanitarian Crises (Anu Press)
  • Exploring Ideological Differences in Taiwanese Perceptions of Cross-Strait Relations (Current Psychology)
  • Worsening British views of China in 2020: evidence from public opinion, parliament, and the media (Asia Europe Journal)
  • The East Is Red…Again! How the Specters of Communism and Russia Shape Central and Eastern European Views of China (Communist and Post-Communist Studies)
  • Image of China in Slovakia: ambivalence, adoration, and fake news (Asia Europe Journal)
  • Chinese Pride and European Prejudice: How Growing Resentment of China Cools Feelings toward Chinese in Europe (Asian Survey)
  • Chinese Public Diplomacy and European Public Opinion during COVID-19 (China Review)
  • Divided National Identity and COVID-19: How China Has Become a Symbol of Major Political Cleavage in the Czech Republic (China Review)

Summary reports:


Media mentions and other publications: