New Zealanders' awareness of BRI is rising

Added On July 18, 2019

According to the survey, which was completed by 2,000 New Zealanders in late 2018, 44 percent of New Zealanders have heard of China's Belt and Road Initiative, up 8 percentage points from last year.
Most people said they felt neutral or were positive about the initiative.
Of those who know at least a little bit about the Belt and Road Initiative, almost three in four described it primarily as a trade and infrastructure initiative.
44 percent of New Zealanders described it as a Chinese-led initiative.
47 percent of people who had a higher awareness of the Belt and Road were over 30 years old.
34 percent were under 30.
And New Zealanders of Asian ethnicity, 56 percent, said they knew about the initiative.
That number dropped to 43 percent for New Zealanders who identified as non-Asian.
The Asia New Zealand Foundation has been tracking New Zealanders' perceptions of Asia since 1997.
The latest report shows a marked increase in New Zealanders' self-assessed knowledge of Asia compared with five years ago.
48 percent of all New Zealanders said they know at least a fair amount about Asia, compared to 33 percent in 2013.