The Islamic State terror
group and climate change are seen as posing a major risk to India
by its people, while an assertive China
is considered the third top threat
to the country, a latest Pew Research
survey said on Tuesday.
In India, 66 per cent of the respondents considered Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (also known as ISIS
or ISIL) as a major threat, while 47 per cent said they considered global climate change as the major threat, the report said. ISIS
is named as the top threat
in a total of 18 countries surveyed, mostly concentrated in Europe, West Asia, Asia and the US, it said.
This was closely followed by cyberattacks (43 per cent), according to the report.
Chinese and Indian troops are locked in a face-off in the Sikkim sector’s Doklam area, also claimed by India’s ally Bhutan, for over a month after Indian troops stopped the Chinese army
from building a road in the disputed area.
tops the list among three countries in terms of threat
perception for which Pew did the survey, it is quite low for the US
(19 per cent) and Russia (17 per cent).
In fact, China
is increasingly being seen as an emerging threat
by many countries in the world, the report said.
In South Korea (83 per cent) and Vietnam (80 per cent), the respondents considered China’s power and influence as a threat.
In the US, 41 per cent of the respondents expressed concern over Chinese power and influence. It was also a country of concern by people in Spain (51 per cent), Japan (64 per cent), Philippines (47 per cent), and Ghana (46 per cent). ISIS
is clearly the primary concern among the issues tested in Europe.
Many Europeans also see climate change as a major threat
to their countries.
In the Asia-Pacific, the ISIS
and global warming
rise to the top as major concerns, but a median of roughly half (52 per cent) also worry about cyberattacks, Pew said. A median of 47 per cent across the region says China’s power and influence is a major threat, the report said.
China’s power and influence are seen as a major threat
by a modest median of three-in-ten across Europe, it added.
Pew said across seven Asia-Pacific nations surveyed, a median of 62 per cent see ISIS
as a major threat
and 61 per cent see global climate change in the same light. About half across the region see cyberattacks and Chinese power as a major challenge. Fewer are very concerned about the global economy, refugees or American and Russian power, it added.
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