Most people in Taiwan think China is the most threatening Asian economy to Taiwan's economic development but they also see China as the most helpful economy to Taiwan, according to a survey released Friday.
The poll showed that 61.9 percent of Taiwanese view China as the most threatening economy in Asia to Taiwan's economic development, 43.3 percent named South Korea, 13.8 percent Japan, 6.4 percent Vietnam, and 4.8 percent Singapore.
However, China was also identified by 25.8 percent of the respondents as the economy that is most helpful to Taiwan's economic development, followed by the United States (23.4 percent) and Japan (12.0 percent), in the poll commissioned by the Association of Foreign Relations (AFR), a non-profit organization that promotes Taiwan's foreign and cross-strait relations.
In light of the Taiwan people's complex and ambivalent attitude toward China in economic terms, the Taiwan government should try to join both the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and China-led Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), said AFR Secretary-General Huang Kwei-bo (???).
Asked about their views on the number of diplomatic allies Taiwan currently has, 76.9 percent of the respondents said 22 was too few, 8 percent said it was enough, and 5.9 percent said that number was more than they had expected.
Meanwhile, 56.2 percent of the respondents said that the NT$9 billion (US$283.8 million) Taiwan spent last year on cooperation projects and aid to its diplomatic allies was too much, while 28.5 percent said it was worthwhile.
On the question of what causes terrorist attacks, 19.7 percent of people in Taiwan said it was religious differences, 13.1 percent said income inequality, 6.4 percent picked racism, and 3.4 percent said conflict over oil resources, according to the poll.
On the issue of who was to be held most responsible for mass-casualty terrorist attacks, most respondents said the U.S. (27.6 percent), followed by ISIL or Islamic State (23.7 percent), and others (less than 1 percent), according to the survey.
The poll also indicated that 53.1 percent of Taiwanese think their country should accept refugees, and 37.4 percent are opposed to that idea.
Most respondents think Taiwan society is not internationalized enough (52.1 percent), while 28.9 percent consider it good enough, the poll showed.
The telephone survey was conducted in June among 1,140 people aged 20 and over by Taiwan Real Survey Co., and had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.
Source: Focus Taiwan