Public in Asia fears China military conflict over sea claims: study
Published on Jul 15, 2014 7:26 AM
WASHINGTON (AFP) - China's neighbours are increasingly anxious that Beijing's maritime disputes with countries like Vietnam and the Philippines will lead to military conflict, a US research group said in findings released on Monday.
Even in China itself, polling showed that 62 per cent of the public worried that territorial disputes between China and its neighbours could lead to an armed conflict, according to a broad study conducted in 44 countries by the Pew Research Centre.
"This year, in all 11 Asian nations polled, roughly half or more say they are concerned that territorial disputes between China and its neighbours will lead to a military conflict," the study found.
At 93 per cent, Filipinos were most concerned, followed by the Japanese at 85 per cent, Vietnamese at 84 per cent and South Koreans at 83 per cent, according to Pew.
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