China's global image improves: Poll
China's image, which was dented to some extent following the Lhasa riots, has witnessed an improvement globally, according to a new poll.
Of the 27 countries polled on China under a BBC-sponsored survey, 41 per cent viewed the nation as having a positive influence on the world, two points up from previous year, while 38 per cent held a negative view, two points down.
A total of 29,000 adults were polled as part of the survey.
Analysts are confident that China's image will continue to rise, thanks to the key role the country has played in helping pull the world out of economic recession.
In last year's findings, negative opinions outnumbered the positive for the first time since the first results were released in 2005. Lhasa riots and some other incidents had dented the image of the country to some extent.
In the first fours years, China's image was relatively positive, at around 45 per cent, China Daily said.
The survey was conducted by GlobeScan, a Toronto-based international opinion research consultancy, together with the Programme on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland.
Gong Li, an international strategy studies scholar, said that China's increasingly important role in global development and peace "will be recognised by people around the world."
China has sent the largest number of peacekeeping forces overseas among the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, Gong said.
Besides, the country's commitment to reducing carbon emissions has been well received globally, he said.