The Global Times Research Centre, a body affiliated with the Chinese state-run tabloid newspaper, asked 1,200 young adults in China about their attitudes towards Western countries.
The proportion of respondents who saw them as equals was six percentage points lower than it was in a similar poll conducted in 2016, while the percentage who “looked up to” the West was 30 points lower.
Steve Tsang, a political scientist and director of the China Institute at the SOAS University of London, said the shift in the balance of power between China and other countries was another reason for the change of attitude among Chinese people.