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An annual survey jointly sponsored by the China Daily newspaper and a Japanese think tank indicates that more Chinese and Japanese people hold favorable impressions about each others' countries.
This year's poll shows over 38 percent of grassroots Chinese citizens feel good about Japan, nearly 6 percentage points higher than last year. Similar views are held by about 45 percent of Chinese college students.
Over 27 percent of Japanese grassroots citizens and half of Japanese intellectuals feel good about China, both slightly higher than last year. For the Chinese respondents who do not like Japan, the Japanese invasion of China ranks as the top reason. But both peoples hold out a rosier outlook about the future of Sino-Japanese relations.