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Perceptions of the U.S. in the Arab World Plunge, While China’s Improve Dramatically, According to New Poll

The United States' near-unconditional support of Israel in the ongoing Gaza war has done immense damage to Washington's standing among Arab publics in 16 countries surveyed by the Arab Barometer research network. Declining public approval of the U.S. is leading to ...

Across 34 Countries, Nearly Half Disapprove of Biden’s China Policy, According to New Poll

U.S. President Joe Biden's China policy is getting mixed reviews from people surveyed in 34 countries by the Pew Research Center. Residents in Kenya and Nigeria were most favorable, with 56% and 54% approval ratings respectively. But Washington's tougher engagement strategy ...

Analysts Reflect on the Impact of the Recent China-Arab Forum and Future of China’s Mideast Role

It's been two weeks since Arab leaders gathered in Beijing for the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum and analysts who closely follow Chinese foreign policy in the Mideast have had a chance to digest the outcomes of this year's gathering. Jonathan Fulton, a ...

What the Polls Tell Us About U.S.-China Influence Competition in Africa

Gauging China's popularity around the world is a bit like trying to find your bearings in a hall of mirrors. One survey says one thing, another says another, and in the end, we're all left scratching our heads, wondering who's right. ...

China’s Popularity in Africa Grows as U.S. Loses Soft Power Advantage, Says New Gallup Survey

China edged out the United States in a survey of African public opinion as to which country is the world's most influential power. China jumped by six points while the U.S. fell 3% in the latest poll conducted by Gallup in 36 ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Letter From DC: Is Africa Holding Itself Back?

Whoo boy…We picked a doozy of a week to be in town. The overlapping reverberations from leadership fights within the Democratic Party, the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump, and the announcement of JD Vance as his vice-presidential candidate are understandably focusing attention inwards.
That said, we’ve had fascinating conversations with very smart folks who focus on Africa, the wider Global South, and China’s role there. One theme ...

Survey: China Passes the U.S. for the First Time as the Preferred Partner of Choice in Southeast Asia

For the first time, more people in Southeast Asia prefer that their countries align with China over the U.S., according to findings of an influential new survey published by ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore. China's favorability rating in the region jumped more ...

Growing Chorus of Philippine Voices Calls for Calm in South China Sea

While China-Philippines tensions in the South China Sea are at their worst in recent memory, and both sides have dug in their heels, there have been sprouts of a Filipino contingency calling for Manila to rethink the costs of a potential conflict.

Split Between Rich and Middle-Income Countries’ Opinions About China: Poll

A new Pew Research poll of 24 high and middle-income countries shows that while the U.S. has generally improved in popularity compared to China, views about the two are quite different among rich versus middle-income countries. The poll provides an interesting ...

Zimbabwe’s Elite Share Their Views on China: What a New Survey Reveals

Across Africa, public opinion about China has been quite positive overall with favorability ratings surpassing those of other major powers, including the United States. But not in Zimbabwe, at least among the country's elites, according to a new survey.

The U.S. is Popular in Southeast Asia, But Chinese Influence Isn’t Going Away: Study

While the United States is generally more liked among populations in Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam, they see China as the pivotal economic power in the region. This was one finding of a newly compiled opinion survey tracking popular and elite views published ...
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