Asked which country Taiwan should be closer to, respondents maintained the pattern reported in 2008, roughly split between China at 33 percent and Japan at 31 percent, with 16 percent preferring the United States.No kidding. Japan has a much greater influence on Taiwan than people commonly realize, not only in the shape of everything from education to policing, fashions, and food, but also on the island's infrastructure and engineering. Japan is a good place to test market products aimed at Taiwan.
When asked if they had feelings of attachment to Japan, however, 62 percent agreed or strongly agreed.
The starkest statistic accompanied the question, "Other than Taiwan, which is your favorite country?"
Fifty-two percent answered Japan, up dramatically from 38 percent last year, while China floundered with 5 percent. The United States managed barely more at 8 percent.
It's interesting to see that that low level of preference for China is even lower than the number of people who commonly state in polls that they want to annex themselves to our authoritarian pals across the Strait.
UPDATE: I've deleted the rest of this. Apparently the translator of the CLSA report, which appears to have been the LIberty Times, reversed its meaning. I originally thought that it was only the title that got screwed up. The fault is mine.
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