Besides China, Singapore is now the favorite country of the Chinese people, according to Chinese state-controlled media World time (GT).
14% of those polled said they liked Singapore the most, while Canada came last, with just 0.4% of those polled saying they liked the country.
Germany and France took second and third places, followed by the United States, Russia and the Maldives.
Chinese citizens also said they were most interested in visiting Singapore, with the Maldives and France coming in second and third.
This is the first time that Singapore has topped the list in four years. Previously, the country had not been in the top six since 2018.
Most Chinese want to visit Singapore
The survey collected 2,148 responses from residents of 16 Chinese cities and was conducted online by the Global Times Research Center and market research firm DATA100 from December 10 to 15, GT reported.
17.1% of those polled also said Singapore was the country they most wanted to visit, making Singapore the top country on the list.
The previous country that topped the list in 2019 and 2020, Japan, has slipped to sixth place this year.
Stormy relations between China and Canada
The report mentioned that Canada was once one of the top travel destinations for Chinese people, but did not explain the reason for Canada’s decline on this year’s list.
Relations between China and Canada took a hit when Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei and daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, was taken over. stopped in Canada in 2018.
China subsequently retaliated by detaining two Canadian citizens in China on charges of espionage, which Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau referred as “falsified” accusations.
Meng struck a deal with U.S. prosecutors in September and has since returned to China, while the two Canadians have also been released.
Meng was greeted as a hero when she landed in Shenzhen, China on September 25.
Chinese teacher expresses surprise
Speaking to GT, a professor at the Guangdong Research Institute for International Strategies Zhou Fangyin said it was surprising to see Singapore as the Chinese favorite country and travel destination.
Zhou said the decline in news from Singapore, perceived as negative towards China, may have contributed to the positive responses from those polled. He also noted that the impression of Western countries has deteriorated.
“There are also several similarities between Singapore and China in the fight against Covid-19, which has bolstered the Chinese favor towards Singapore,” Zhou said.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had a telephone interview with Chinese President Xi Jinping on October 15, in which the two leaders reaffirmed the close ties between Singapore and China, as well as the mutual benefits of continued bilateral trade and of cooperation amid the Covid-19 pandemic. .
The two leaders also noted the continued good progress of three government-to-government projects and close cooperation on the Belt and Road initiative, while discussing ways to strengthen economic recovery and improve collaborations on the road. cross-border and supply chain connectivity.
In light of the tensions between the United States and China, Prime Minister Lee has made it clear that Singapore’s position is that we do not want to be forced to choose sides.
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