A recently conducted survey revealed that a majority of Chinese citizens feel that war with Japan would most likely break out in a few years in light of ever-increasing tensions between the two Asian giants.
Citizens of both countries took part in the polls which was conducted by Japanese NGO Genron NPO and China’s official newspaper China Daily last July and August.
1,000 Japanese 18 years and above and 1,539 Chinese of the same age range from the cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Shenyang and Xian took part in the polls.
54.3 percent of the Chinese participants envisioned a future war with Japan, with more than a fifth saying that it could happen within six years.
On the other hand, only 29 percent of the Japanese who were interviewed believed the possibility of war with the Chinese.
As usual, citizens of both countries had a very unfavorable view of one another according to the yearly opinion poll.
In the poll, 93 percent of the Japanese participants and 86.8 percent of those on the Chinese side answered that they had a very negative opinion about each other’s country.
The two main reasons why the Japanese disliked the Chinese was due to the latter not following international rules and its perceived bullying tactics in order to secure more territory and resources.
For the Chinese, they disliked the Japanese for trying to claim the disputed Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands and for constantly trying to play down their country’s role in World War 2.
Tensions between the countries have sunk to their lowest levels since 2012 when Japan nationalized the disputed Senkaku Islands, a parcel of territory which China claims as the Diaoyu Islands.
Prior to that, China has often accused Japan of historical revisionism with regards to its militarist past while the latter insists it has done enough to repent for its war crimes.