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Australians’ Trust in China Hits New Low as Relations Worsen

  • Poll shows 63% of Australians see China as a security threat
  • Confidence in U.S. alliance grows with Biden in White House

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Australians’ trust in China has dropped to a record low as more people perceive the nation as a security threat than an economic partner, according to a survey released Tuesday. Trust in the U.S., meanwhile, has risen amid higher levels of confidence in President Joe Biden than his predecessor.

Only 16% of respondents said they trust China to act responsibly in the world, down from 52% in 2018, the annual Lowy Institute Poll showed. Just 10% said they have confidence in China’s President Xi Jinping to “do the right thing regarding world affairs,” from 22% last year.