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Majority of Australians See China as a ‘Security Threat’: Pollon July 29, 2021 at 4:06 am

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The majority of Australians now see China as “more of a security threat” to the country, according to new figures from the Lowy Institute. The survey revealed that 63 percent of Aussies now have a more negative view of China, which is a “substantial” 22-point increase from last year. Meanwhile, only 34 percent said they see China as “more of an economic partner” to Australia—a marked difference from 2018 when the figure was 82 percent. Further, the number of people aged under 30 who hold the view that China is more of an economic partner to Australia had trended down to 51 percent since 2018 when the figure was at 87 percent. “The sharp decline in the Australia–China relationship in recent years has been clearly mirrored in Australian public opinion, as seen in successive Lowy Institute Polls,” according to the Lowy Institute website. “Trust, warmth and confidence in China and China’s …

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