Survey: Most Filipinos don’t trust China — Recent surveys in the Philippines revealed that most Filipinos believe the nation should defend its territory and resources in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) and that most do not trust China, according to reports.
About 93% of respondents said “yes” to the question of whether the Philippines should defend its West Philippine Sea territory and resources in a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey commissioned by the Department of Foreign Affairs.
In an SWS survey on the countries most trusted by the Filipinos, China received a -17 rating for the period of December 11 to 16, 2013. Filipinos’ trust in China has been in the negative since 2012, according to reports.
By comparison, the survey showed Filipinos’ trust in the United States stood at +82, Australia at +53, Japan at +47, Taiwan +11, and Malaysia +8.
The survey revealed that 73% of Filipinos were aware of the territorial dispute between the Philippines and China, and 61% were aware that the Philippines has filed a case with the United Nations arbitration tribunal against China on the West Philippine Sea dispute.
It showed 56% of Filipinos were aware that China has been strengthening its force in the sea, and a net figure of +70 agree that the Philippines should seek help from other nations regarding China’s actions off strengthening its military forces in the West Philippine Sea.
About 73% of Filipinos said they have long been aware of the dispute between Beijing and Manila, while 68% said they are aware that the West Philippine Sea may hold resources under its seabed.