Some interesting surveys regarding Korea and Koreans, and their relationship with other countries, have come out.
First of all let’s look at some surveys regarding Korea’s attitudes on China. According to one sponsored by the JoongAng Ilbo and the Asan Institute of Policy Studies, South Korea’s attitudes of the PRC have improved, particularly after President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Seoul recently. Results summarized in the graphic below:
(Graphic source from the JoongAng Ilbo)
There are however, misgivings. Most South Koreans think China is still an economic and military threat. Also, since most Koreans have lungs, a whopping 95%+ hates China’s most pervasive (and unwanted) export: pollution.
The good ole’ U.S. of A also gets high marks. According to the latest Pew Research results, South Korea’s “positive” attitudes of the U.S. are in the 82% region, up from 78% in 2013, the highest they have ever been since Pew has conducted the survey. Only the Philippines (former colony) and Israel (fellow U.S. military aid dependant) had higher rankings. According to the Pew, South Korea’s attitudes of China are comparatively in the 56% positive territory, a rise from 46% last year.
Lastly, non-Koreans (living outside of Korea) continue to admit they have a hard time distinguishing North from South Korea. Ah, Egypt. Not only do they hate the U.S. more than any other country out there, but they are the worst at telling the difference between North and South Korea.