Prime Minister Narendra Modi is better than Chinese President Xi Jinping in handling domestic and international affairs, a global survey conducted by a Chinese firm has found.
Conducted in nine countries, the survey also found that China’s image among Indians was surprisingly positive.
As many as 4500 citizens from India, US, UK, Australia, Japan, South Africa, Russia and China were interviewed by the government-backed publishing company, Centre for International Communication Studies of China Foreign Languages Publishing Administration.
The Centre asked questions related to China’s image abroad and how well-known Chinese President Xi was known outside the country.
The survey found that Xi’s image among the respondents was quite positive.
But it also found that the respondents thought that Modi was a better administrator.
“Xi's handling of both domestic and international affairs has won high praise. He ranks second, after newly elected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for his capability of handling domestic and international affairs,” Wang Gangyi, vice-president of China International Publishing Group, was quoted by the state media as saying about findings of the survey, titled China's National Image Global Survey 2014.
The findings were released in Beijing on Wednesday.
While Modi is popular among expat Indians, the finding of the survey – admittedly done over a fairly small sample size of people – that the Indian PM is a better administrator than Xi, could surprise a few in China.
Surprisingly too, China’s image was found to be most positive in Russia, Brazil and India respectively among the surveyed countries.
“The survey found that Xi was the fourth best-known among the leaders of the nine countries, with 70% of the respondents having heard of him, after US President Barack Obama (97 percent), Russian President Vladimir Putin (91%) and British Prime Minister David Cameron (86%)”.
“About 46% of overseas respondents said China's image was one of ‘having rapid economic growth with its people enjoying relatively high living standards’, while 45 percent believed that China is a country with a big gap between the rich and the poor,” a state media report on the survey said.