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Cross-strait poll finds differing perceptions

RELATIVE OR BUSINESS? An survey found that most Chinese see Taiwanese as ‘kin,’ while most Taiwanese see Chinese more as business partners than family members

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

The majority of people in Taiwan view China as nothing more than a business partner, while most people in China see Taiwan as “kin,” a survey released on Tuesday found.

The poll, conducted in May by Global View monthly magazine, 104 Job Bank and the Chinese market research firm Oracle Added Value, found that 53.6 percent of the respondents in Taiwan see Chinese as “business partners,” while 13.1 percent said they are “friends.”

In China, 52.3 percent of the respondents said they see relations across the Strait as existing between “family members,” while 16.2 percent said Taiwan is a “business partner.”

The survey also asked the respondents whether they thought the two sides would eventually unify, Taiwan would attain independence, or the status quo would be maintained.

In Taiwan, 60 percent of respondents said they saw no change in the status quo, 16.1 percent saw a move toward unification, and 8.9 percent said Taiwan would gain independence.

In China, 64.2 percent of respondents said the two sides would become one nation, 26.7 percent said the status quo will be maintained and 5.1 percent said Taiwan would become independent.

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