Russians pick Japan over China as 'strategic partner': report
(Kyodo) _ A recent poll has found that the Russian public considers Japan as its more important "strategic partner" than China, the Interfax news agency said Tuesday.
Citing a survey of 1,600 people by the Russian pollster, Romir Monitoring, the report said 35 percent of the respondents said Russia should make Japan its strategic partner, topping the 28 percent who favored China.
The government of President Vladimir Putin considers China as its key ally in Asia in terms of energy and military capabilities. The poll has shown that the public thinks differently.
Following China, 7 percent of the respondents listed South Korea as Russia's strategic partner, followed by India, at 6 percent. Seventy-eight percent of the respondents said they support developing relations with the Asia-Pacific region, the report said.2005 Kyodo News February 15
Wednesday, February 15, 2006