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How the world sees China
China Fails to Win Friends in Latin America

Despite China’s economic might, and investments around the globe, it is not outracing the U.S. in world opinion. As this map produced by the Global Post from Pew research data shows, not even in socialist paradises like Venezuela and Argentina does China have largely more positive ratings than the U.S., and in most of the continent, including regional giant Brazil, U.S. remains the clear favorite.

In general, the data shows that the U.S. is well up over Beijing in the wealthiest and most powerful countries—Japan, India and most of Europe tilt firmly toward the U.S.

Beijing has yet to develop a substantial soft power component to its foreign policy and, to the extent that it concentrates on challenging the U.S. and allied states in East Asia through a military buildup, that is unlikely to change.

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  • bigfire

    The Chinese treatment of oversea investment, especially the local workers is also not winning friends. Witness the cries of worker exploitation of their African investments.

  • El Gringo

    But on the other hand, Indonesia is mixed and Malaysia is pro-China.

  • Kevin

    These polling numbers are both quite volatile and meaningless in many countries.

  • Duperray

    The mixture of India, Japan in same batch as Venezuela is a no sense rough mixture because history, civilization levels are quite different. China just started about 10 years ago this policy while US is in the job for more than a century. But the simple fact that US is alarming itself about possible growing China influence shows that US starts to fear some loss of undisputed influence.

  • rheddles

    Interesting that Orthodox Greece joins Orthodox Russia in preference for China. Huntington would appreciate the map.

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