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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 ...

Chinese Foreign Policy Viewed Decidely Negative in 24- Country Pew Survey

Publics in two dozen countries around the world, mostly advanced economies in the Global North, are increasingly negative about China and its foreign policy, according to the findings of Pew Research Center's annual Global Attitudes Survey. Unsurprisingly, negative views about China ...

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Misadventures in the Skin Trade

This week I spent a few days in Cape Town, in time for a minor, if telling, crisis in international agricultural trade. A ship crammed with 19,000 (mostly still living) cows was stuck in Cape Town harbor, en route from Brazil to the Middle East.
As South African animal welfare authorities scrambled to inspect the horrors on board, the city was enveloped in a powerful farmyard funk. The entire episode can ...

Only 8% of Chinese Have a Favorable View of India, Says New Tsinghua Univeristy Poll

The Chinese public is far more skeptical about relations with India than any of Beijing's other major rivals, including the United States and Japan, according to a recent poll conducted by researchers at Tsinghua University. Only 8% of respondents had ...

New Afrobarometer Polling Shows Both China and the U.S. Losing Popularity in Africa

Both China and the United States are becoming less popular in Africa. This was the main finding of a preliminary release of new opinion survey data from the Africa-focused polling company Afrobarometer. The full details of the poll haven’t been released yet, ...

Preview of New U.S.-China Popularity Polling in Africa

The influential African polling outfit Afrobarometer has released a glimpse of new polling results among African populations of their perceptions of external powers. Afrobarometer surveys have noted consistently high (and similar) approval rates of both China and the United States in Africa. However, now that popularity seems ...

The South African Government May Be Edging Closer to China, Russia But Its People Seem to Prefer the West, Says New Poll

U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen will meet with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday during the last stop of her ten-day, three-nation Africa tour. Yellen's arrival in Pretoria comes one day after a high-profile visit by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and ...

It Won’t Come as a Surprise That Indians Are Skeptical of China, But New Poll Reveals Lots of Ambivalence About the U.S. Too

There's an emerging consensus in U.S. national security circles that bolstering ties with India will be the best way to confront China's surging influence in the Asia-Pacific region. But if that is the case, then it appears U.S. stakeholders have some ...
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