Sep 19, 2014 05:28 PM

Graphic: Level of Distrust

(Beijing) -- The relationship between China and Japan has cooled since September 2012, when Japan announced the nationalization of the Diaoyu Islands, which the Japanese call the Senkakus.

How do people in China and Japan feel about each other now? Pretty poorly, if a recent survey by China Daily and a Japanese non-profit think tank named Genron NPO is any indication.

The pollsters talked to 1,539 people from China and 1,628 from Japan in July and August, and found that although bad feelings about the islands dispute are fading, pessimism over future relations remains. Over half of the Chinese surveyed and nearly 30 percent of the Japanese said the two countries are headed toward armed conflict.

Japan's image in the eyes of the Chinese public has "slightly improved" in the past year, with 86.8 percent of respondents reporting a "bad" or "relatively bad" impression, but the corresponding figure in Japan hit a record 93 percent.

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