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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 ...

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. ...

Poll: African Publics Rate U.S. Leadership Higher Than China’s But Not By Much

For the most part, African publics in 27 countries across the continent have similar views of U.S. and Chinese global leadership, according to data from the international polling agency Gallup. U.S. favorability is ahead of China's by just ...

Poll: More People Still Prefer U.S. Over China as Global Superpower, But to What Extent Depends on Where You Live

The divide between how people in wealthy advanced countries perceive China and those in poorer, less developed countries appears to be widening, according to the findings of a new year-long international poll conducted by the UK-based YouGov-Cambridge Globalism Project. ...

Arab Barometer: Arab Publics Favorable Views of China Decline the More They Learn About Chinese Foreign Policy

Two of the lead researchers at Princeton University's Arab Barometer public opinion survey project shared some additional insights about the findings from their 2021 poll on how people in the MENA region perceive the United States and China. Michael Robbins, director ...

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A Chinese Giant’s Complicity in South Africa’s Corruption Disaster

Anyone who knows a South African will be amply aware that the country is currently undergoing economically ruinous rolling blackouts labeled ‘loadshedding.’ Even if you don’t know them, South Africans are liable to follow you down the street, foam-flecked and shouting about Eskom, the corruption-addled state power utility.
The loadshedding scandal is rooted in corruption. It’s only the most visible part of a historical tragedy: how the ruling African National Congress ...