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S. Koreans, Japanese see N. Korea as biggest potential source of conflict: survey

All News 17:50 June 09, 2016

SEOUL, June 9 (Yonhap) -- South Koreans and the Japanese regard North Korea as the biggest potential source of conflict, while the Chinese view Japan as the greatest threat, a survey showed Thursday.

About 51 percent of South Koreans said North Korea is the single greatest threat in the Asia-Pacific region, followed by 50 percent of the Japanese and 62 percent of Australians, according to the joint survey by private think tanks.

The Asan Institute for Policy Studies in Seoul, the United States Studies Center at the University of Sydney, the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies, Japan's Asahi Shimbun newspaper, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Jakarta carried out the survey.

The Chinese, meanwhile, regarded Japan as the biggest potential source of conflict at 56 percent.

For South Koreans, the second greatest threat was found to be Japan, at 22 percent, while for the Japanese, it was China, at 37 percent.

The survey was conducted online in October on 750 citizens from each nation checked. It had a margin of error of 3.6 percentage points at the 95 percent level of accuracy.

hague@yna.co.kr
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