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China and India are most disliked countries by Germans according to a BBC poll. Why is that so?


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Balaji Viswanathan, Knowledge lover. Updated Mar 16, 2017
Here are the German attitudes towards the influence of various countries according to the BBC poll Attitudes towards Countries.‘


While Germans have somewhat negative attitudes towards India and China [31% negative and 44% negative, respectively], they view the US influence and Russian influence even more negatively. Look at how they view the US influence.


The theme seems to be that Germans hate the big powers — bigger the power, bigger the negativity. It may stem from their own experiences of world wars or their own perceptions of how societies dissimilar to them work.


Zhu Yixiao, know much about its politic, economy, and culture Updated Sep 16, 2015
Because of their rising manufacturing industry. Both of the two countries have very very cheap labour, in China, an educated collage student gets 3487 yuan in average, about 483 euros a month and in India, 10000 rupee means a large amount of money, but it only worths 134 euros. For the hot money, they have dollars and euros that can be used to pay the wages for the workers to cut down a lot of cost. That's why they choose China and India to build their factories.


How can German companies defeat corporations in China and India? High quality that products made in China and India can not reach? That's true just today. Goods "made in Germany" signifies high quality, and certainly benefits Germans quite a lot. But, if one day China and India developed their own high-end goods? That's the nightmare of Germany. And I can see it in several manufacturies such like Huawei. They are are trying their best, their phones are almost as good as Samsung and Apple in my opinion, so does the high-speed railway.

德国公司要如何击败中国和印度的公司?制造出那种中国和印度制造的产品达不到的高质量吗?在当今这个时代确实是如此。 “德国制造”的商品就意味着高品质,而这给德国人带来很大好处。但是,如果有一天中国和印度开发出了自己的高端商品?那这对德国来说就是噩梦了。我可以在像华为这样的几家厂商看到这种趋势。在我看来,他们正在尽全力,他们的手机几乎和三星和苹果一样好,高速铁路也是一样。

Why to hate China and India? You can now clearly understand tha attitude of Berlin, wanna to have stronger connection with Beijing, and at the same time, fears to be destroyed.


It's a survival competition. The wager is the country, the people, the wealth. The winner takes all, the loser loses all.


Can local people conprehend? Very hard, for immigrants having extremely different culture, religion. Immigrants can't accept Europeans, too. Once they have the chance to go away, they will certainly leave, cause local economy remaining in deep recession. Spain, Italy, Portual and Greece are suffering now. What would happen if one day another Great Drepression hit the world? Only god can tell us.



Simon Datta, lives in Hong Kong Updated Jan 10, 2017
This question is best answered if you look at the poll results below which gives a fair idea where Germany, China and India stand in world perception. People fail to realise that today China and India are the world’s 2nd and 3rd biggest economies and are still developing and ahead of Germany but still poorer in per capita income and HDI ( Human Development Index) owing to their huge populations and slow development.


Attitudes towards Countries
BBC poll: Germany most popular country in the world - BBC News
If we see the above polls China has a positive image from before and India too is climbing up the ladder. Imagine if China were to rate Japan it will be viewed highly negatively although it is rated very highly in the world and the same can be said of Pakistan if they rated India..it will be rated highly negative.

BBC民意调查:在德国最受欢迎的国家 - BBC新闻(此两条为网友回复中的链接)

I do not give much credence to such polls as different countries have different perceptions vis-a-vis their own economic interests. China is an economic competitor in manufactured goods while India is good in IT, Science & Technology and Services due to its skilled manpower. It is challenging Germany’s dominance in many fields . Germany is the biggest economy in Europe and it feels it may lose its prominence with the emergence and rise of China and India although both are still developing and have a lot to catch up, however they were once the mighty empires in their own rights.


Both China and India are the future, - the economic threat perception for any country from these two rising powers including Germany is quite understandable . Let us also not forget that both Germany and Japan were the two WW2 aggressors that inflicted massive death and destruction and yet the world gradually accepted them in their fold though China and South Korea have still not forgiven Japan for its atrocities. Dislike is not the right word, Germany like UK and France too feel that China’s playing field is not a level playing field which over protects the local players to the detriment of foreigners while India has too much red tape . We must not see too much in such polls.



Gabriel Chan, Overseas Chinese(華僑) Answered Sep 14, 2015
If the stereotypes are any indication... it comes down to mismanaged expectations and just lack of understanding of Chinese and Indian culture.


Germans take yes for yes, and no or no. For Chinese, yes is probably and no is maybe. For South Asians, yes is no problem, and no is no problem.


Germans might think Chinese cannot be trusted. In some ways, they are absolutely correct... because even Chinese think Chinese cannot be trusted, especially in terms of Mainland China. It's easy to blame the culture or race of the people, but this is not the fault of the individual or upbringing but of the society and the system. Why do Chinese manufacturing companies cut corners unlike the Japanese? The top answer nails it perfectly: even if the individual is trustworthy, other parts of the supply chain may not be, so it tarnishes the finished product. This is applicable in manufactured products, and it is applicable in everyday behaviours. Basically, Chinese tend to over-promise, and under-deliver.


Indians (and South Asians aka brown people, in general) are similarly faulted. I would know because I have worked with both. You walk into a Chinese store, they will try to hustle you on price (and then you hustle them back). If you negotiate with a brown person, you typically get "no problem no problem" accompanied by the side-tilt-head-bobbing. But no problem is rarely no problem, and this is a classic example of over-promise, under-deliver, or sometimes no-deliver.


Obviously, it doesn't mean no Chinese or Indian can be trusted, but patience is a big part of working with Chinese and Indians.


There is also an issue of punctuality: some Chinese are always punctual and some Chinese are chronically late (and I noticed that Hongkongers tend to be late a lot, but they are always giving live update on their position). Indians however are universally late. They run on IST (Indian Stretchable Time), so meeting at 3pm actually means 4...ish. News flash: Germans are ALWAYS punctual. Being over 10 min late for work is legit grounds for dismissal.


Chinese and Indians are no strangers to bribing and bending the rules. But German culture encourages people to be straight as an arrow. Corruption is rampant in China and India, but non-existent in Germany to the casual observer. A German may feel superior to Chinese and Indians for this.


Addendum: politics
The German psyche is forever in debt to the world for the dark ages of 1933-1945, and zealously searches for redemption wherever it can find it. Germans do not tolerate human rights abuses.


China is (in)famous for its issues with ethnic minorities, especially Uyghurs and Tibetans. I find it very curious that Tibet and sometimes Xinjiang is marked as a separate country on world maps in Germany, even though both regions are clearly internationally recognized sovereign Chinese territories since the 18th century. Regardless, I think this is disrespectful to China and also represents a misunderstanding of the issues at hand. And then there is the persecution of Falun Gong, which may be reminiscent of Europe's own medi inquisitions., though it is ironic that Germany persecutes Scientology, just not as harshly.


India also has its fair share of famous human rights issues. The caste system is seen as backwards and traps many people in serfdom or slavery. Germans and most of the world do not appreciate the deep cultural and religious influences that keep the caste system in place. Sure, it could be reformed, but abolishing it is another matter. The prence of rape incidents in India tarnishes Indians not only in Germany, but the world. And in related grievances: women rights! Germany is a world leader in gender equality (though I argue the inequality is more sophisticated), and perhaps see the subcontinent as a backwards region where it is much better to be a man than a woman.


Note that female infanticide is a major issue in China and India.


Also, I don't know why, but it seems Germans like East Asians more than South Asians. I suspect that this is tied to the perception of how hard working Chinese and Indians are with respect to their countries' economies.


After typing so much, I sort of feel uneasy publishing this, because this is all speculative and unscientific, but oh well, I hope this spurs some constructive discussions and hopefully Germans won't dislike China and India so much in the future.



Pia Heldermann, Lawyer with focus on IT/IP (2007-present) Answered 12h ago
The BBC World Service poll asks 15 thousand to 30 thousand people in around 20 countries around the world, so it is representative.


But the poll, which is conducted every couple of years, is not about “liking” or “disliking”.


It asks respondents to rate 16 countries and the EU on whether their influence in the world is “mostly positive” or “mostly negative.”


This is the exact question:


Please tell me if you think each of the following contries are having a mainly positive or mainly negative influence in the world: …


So even if you really like a country, you may think the influence of that country in the world is maybe mostly negative. I think this is specially true for the German view on India.




Most Germans think that a country which is not democratic has mostly negative influence in the world. Furthermore environment is very important for Germans, lots of tree-huggers here. And China is kind of an eco-desaster. The company Huawei did a big study with the German Institute of Global and Area Studies and the University Duisburg to find out, why Germans see China negatively. The majority of Germans chose the reason “political issues”. Only a minority of Germans chose “economical mistrust”. An explanation is that a lot of Germans are somehow still in the time of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. That China has given up the 1-child-policy, loosened the Hukou system and is coping with corruption Germans unfortunately often fail to notice.




India on the other hand is a democracy, but the situation of women and girls in India is completely unacceptable for Germans. Since the Delhi Gang rape 2012 this really is a constant topic in Germany. And Germans judge India quite hard, because India is a democracy and a major economical power. So until India does not get control of this problem in society, which for sure will take a whole generation, Germans will probably rate Indias influence in the world not very positive.


But on the other hand India has historically a really glorified, mystic, exotic image in Germany. In literature of the Romantic period India is described as an idyllic world, specially Novalis, Hermann Hesse, Johann Gottfried Herder and the Schlegel brothers are known for their absolute enthusiasm towards India. And Germany has the highest amount of academic chairs of Sanskrit besides India. So this is all still in German society. Some people even think India is the best country to drop out from “corrupted” western societies. I am really not sure if India drives Europeans nuts or European nutcases go to India.


So the whole picture of India in Germany is very ambigous, which the BBC poll simply cannot illustrate.


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