China’s overall image and reputation around the world has seen positive improvement thanks to steady socioeconomic development over the past few decades, according to a global survey report published on Friday in Beijing.

A total of 11,000 people from 22 Countries including China, 500 respondents each, attended the survey conducted by the Academy of Contemporary China and World Studies and Kantar, a leading international data and consulting company, from May to July in 2018. They were aged between 18 and 65, according to the report.

In total, 22 Countries across Asia, Europe, South America and Africa have offered their impressions and perspectives on China. The report said there’s a lot of global optimism regarding the country’s future development.

At a Friday meeting, Yu Yunquan, President of the Academy of Contemporary China and World Studies under the China Foreign Languages Publishing Administration, said interviewees believe China’s international standing and global influence will improve continuously.

“We found out that nearly half of the interviewees believe that China will become the world’s largest economy, lead a new round of globalisation and make more contributions to global governance,” Yu said.

Respondents also shared knowledge about China’s politics, especially recognising the development conception like a community with a shared future for mankind and the Belt & Road Initiative. About 60 percent of respondents hold that the conception is of positive significance to national and global governance.

“In 2012, I realised that the outside world generally lacked understanding of China’s politics, did not have a consensus on the Chinese mode, and had a relatively vague perception of China’s overall image.

In the subsequent surveys, global issues such as international responsibility, global governance and the construction of the international order were added on the basis of the previous topics,” said Cheng Manli, Professor with the Peking University.

In addition, 60 percent of respondents think highly of China’s technological innovation abilities, with high-speed rail technology being the best known. Chinese food, traditional Chinese medicine and martial arts are still the most representative elements of the culture.