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Taiwanese favor US over China by 2-1 margin: Pew

Most still want closer economic ties with Beijing, but not among the young

A Taiwanese flag seen in front of an U.S. flag during a demonstration in Hong Kong.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- Taiwanese people gave the U.S. nearly twice as many good reviews as they did mainland China, even before a cross-strait row over the coronavirus pandemic and Taiwan's exclusion from the World Health Organization, in a new poll out Tuesday.

Just 35% of adults in Taiwan see the mainland in a positive light, compared with 68% expressing a favorable view of the U.S., in the Pew Research Center telephone survey taken from Oct. 16 to Nov. 30. And 79% said they welcome stronger political ties with Washington, against 36% saying the same about Beijing.

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