Unfavourable views towards China have soared in the past year in many advanced economies, but nearly all agree China has handled the COVID-19 pandemic better than the United States, a survey of 14 countries conducted by the US-based Pew Research Center showed on Tuesday. Al Jazeera reports that the survey, conducted from June 10 to August 3, found that perceptions of Beijing’s handling of the pandemic had affected people’s overall views of China, with those who thought it had done a bad job much more likely to have an unfavourable view of the country. The same applied to people’s confidence in Chinese President Xi Jinping, with a median of 78 percent across the 14 countries saying they had “not too much or no confidence in Xi to do the right thing regarding world affairs.”