It’s perhaps coincidence, but Reuters’ report on China’s Xi Jinping not making global impact comes on the same day when Hong Kong newspapers SCMP and Ta Kung Pao report on China’s poor image in Africa due to Chinese people and companies’ behaviour there.
Ta Kung Pao says in its report as an increasing number of Chinese enterprises have entered Africa, there have been frequent complaints about the behaviour of Chinese people and companies there.
According to Lu Youqing, Chinese ambassador to Tanzania, there are two common problems among the Chinese people and companies: fierce infighting resulting in vicious competition among Chinese companies and failure to conform to local laws, practices and customs.
SCMP says in its report “He (Lu) said the embassy became tense every time Tanzania announced another ivory seizure.” It quotes Lu as saying, “[Some Chinese here] knowingly engaged in illegal activities.”
“Lu said he received complaints from local officials and police about Chinese nationals who hid ivory inside the bonnets of cars and even inside the bras of female air passengers.
“He was also very concerned about shoddy roadworks carried out by Chinese contractors in neighbouring African countries.”
Ta Kung Pao says in its report that China’s poor image has been caused not only by the malpractices of companies and people there but also by the uncivilised behaviour of Chinese tourists such as graffiti at sites of cultural relics.
Reuters quotes Pew Research Centre‘s report that Xi Jinping “so far has failed to make a strong positive impression on global publics. Overall, ratings for Xi are more negative than positive, while at the same time many are unfamiliar with the Chinese leader.”
Since they are unfamiliar with Xi, the negative impression must have come from Chinese people’s poor behaviors abroad.
Reuters says, “More broadly, global impressions of China were on balance more favourable than unfavourable, with the country’s economic growth generally seen as a good thing in most countries surveyed’ according to Pew Research Center.”
This proves the poor image is not about China as a nation but about Chinese people. Xi, though not known much by them, has got negative rating due to the impression Chinese people have given them.
It seems that when I travel abroad, local people will have a negative view about me as I am a Chinese. I shall pretend that I were a South Korean, Japanese or Singaporean; better Singaporean, as Singaporeans speaks Chinese.Source: Ta Kung Pao “Who suffers for the damage to China’s image” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese) Source: SCMP “Bad apples in Africa: Chinese traders’ and companies’ behaviour worries envoy” Source: Reuters “China’s Xi not making global impact, views of China positive: Pew”
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