SWS: Trust in China stays neutral

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 16) — Filipinos are still ambivalent toward China in the wake of maritime issues with the East Asian giant and ahead of President Rodrigo Duterte's scheduled visit to Beijing, a recent survey said.

According to the latest survey of private pollster Social Weather Stations (SWS), Filipinos have a net trust rating of -6 or "neutral" towards China.

Broken down, the SWS said 32 percent of Filipinos have "much trust" in China, while 39 percent have "little trust," results in a negative 6 net trust rating.

This is up by a mere point from the last survey result

Meanwhile, net trust in Japan and the U.S. are unchanged at 34, considered "good,"  and 60, "very good," respectively.

Net trust in Australia rose by two points at 33, "good."

The survey was conducted on March 28 to 31, through face-to-face interviews with 1,440 adult Filipinos. It has a sampling error margin of ±2.6 percent.

Duterte will attend the 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in China next week.

The forum, chaired by Chinese President Xi Jinping, seeks to boost trade and cooperation with neighboring regions.