China-Japan views worst in 'almost a decade': Poll
BEIJING (AFP) - Chinese and Japanese people hold the least favourable views of each others' countries for almost a decade, a survey found on Thursday as military and diplomatic tensions mount between the Asian giants.
A total of 92.8 per cent of Japanese people have a bad or relatively bad impression of China, while 90.1 per cent of Chinese have similar feelings towards Japan, according to the poll by the state-run China Daily and Japanese thinktank Genron NPO.
Relations between Beijing and Tokyo have plunged in the last year, largely because of a territorial row over islets in the East China Sea.
It was the ninth time the annual survey has been carried out, and the China Daily said the results were "the worst in almost a decade".