Compiled this year against the backdrop of growing trade and security tensions between the two countries, the survey reveals the complex and sometimes ambiguous views of Australians.
“While Australians are concerned with both the downward spiral of relations and China’s new confidence, they are not yet willing to abandon the relationship entirely, recognizing some of its benefits,” the authors said. ‘investigation.
The survey found that 61% of Australians seek a stronger relationship with China, but an overwhelming majority – 76% – express mistrust of the Chinese government.
Australians also appreciate the tremendous economic benefits of ties with China, with 62 percent of them saying they see the benefits of Australia’s ties with Beijing.
Another 63% agreed with the statement, “Without close engagement with China, Australia would not be as prosperous as it is now.”
The importance of Chinese tourists visiting Australia was also recognized.
Encouraging tourism from China should be a post-COVID-19 priority for Australia, 51% said.
The research offers a mix of findings for the Morrison government and its handling of relations with China.
While only 32% said the federal government was handling Canberra-Beijing relations well, 72% agreed that “the Australian government was correct in publicly calling for an international investigation into the origins of COVID -19 “.
The report says it is not clear whether Australians’ mixed views on relations with China will become permanent.
“Only future polls will reveal whether these results precede a tipping point in a clear direction or whether this ambiguity may persist despite the current unprecedented tension.”