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We are pleased to announce the YCW 2021 Pulse, Young China Watchers’ third report of views from a global community of professionals engaged with China. We welcome you to view the report and share it among your network.

The past year was another significant year for China’s development and its growing influence in the world. The 2021 edition has been carried out against the backdrop of an increasingly politicized public discourse around China, driven by geopolitical clashes and COVID-19.

Here are a few key takeaways:

  • Views on China remain polarized and negative about China’s influence, especially regarding its domestic and external policies. While the survey does not show a shift in sentiments on average toward China’s impact on global affairs from 2019, a more granular view shows how perceptions have changed in specific places.
  • Positive views toward China in our traditionally very positive Singapore chapter have declined, while our New York and Washington D.C. chapters saw increases in positive sentiments on several issues
  • London remains an outlier in Europe, with overall more positive sentiments that Berlin and Brussels.
  • While respondents remain most positive about China’s global economic impact, viewing China as a cultural power has gained most ground
  • Respondents are more positive on China’s influence along the Belt and Road Initiative and less concerned about the investments’ potential implications on national security.
  • Nearly two years after the outbreak of COVID-19, respondents across the globe are confident China will successfully avoid an economic shock and implement its domestic policy agenda over the next five years.

More detailed insights can be found in the report, including analyses that further illuminate how different regions are interpreting China’s global role. This year we have also been able to include a time series for the second time, comparing the results with those from 2018 and 2019.

Click here to read 2021 YCW Pulse Report

About YCW

Young China Watchers (YCW) is a dynamic group of China-focused young professionals. Through regular roundtables and talks with senior figures in the China academic, policy and business communities, it provides a chance for engaged individuals to interact and discuss the most pressing issues emerging from China today. Through our growing global network, we seek to foster the next generation of China thought-leaders.

YCW runs an open membership policy, keen to attract all China-engaged, knowledgeable and policy-interested individuals. Our purpose is to nurture a new community of people focused on and alert to China’s growing importance in international affairs.

Announcing the 2021 YCW Pulse Report
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