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China wins high marks from Russians, scoring 74% favorability

Young Russians in particular view economic powerhouse positively, research finds

New survey data suggests most Russians hold positive views of China, while 40% see the giant neighbor as their country's closest friend.   © Reuters

MOSCOW -- An overwhelming majority of Russians see China in a positive light, recent survey data shows, bucking global sentiment as Beijing faces criticism over its geopolitical assertiveness, human rights record and handling of COVID-19.

Seventy-four percent of Russians surveyed by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Moscow-based Levada Center said they view China favorably. Likewise, 40% named China as their country's closest friend -- the top percentage across all nations.

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