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  • The United States and the People’s Republic of China will likely be the two most influential

  • countries for the rest of the 21st century. This is how people in 40 countries around

  • the world currently view the two nations across a variety of global issues, according to a

  • study by the Pew Research Center.

  • Broadly, the U.S. is seen more positively in Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia;

  • while China is viewed significantly more favorably in the Middle East.

  • The United States’ “Pivot to Asiais welcomed by most of the countries in the region,

  • although the Malaysians and Pakistanis think it’s a bad thing because it could lead to

  • conflict with China. 54% of Chinese think the U.S. is trying to prevent it from becoming

  • as powerful.

  • Here are the favorability ratings for America among the other countries in the study. As

  • you can see, the U.S. is most popular in the Philippines, Ghana, it’s close allies South

  • Korea and Israel, Kenya and the rest of Africa, along with Italy. The Europeans are strongly

  • supportive, but not overwhelmingly so. While Russia has a very negative view of the United States,

  • fueled by the non-stop anti-U.S. propaganda coming from Putin’s Kremlin.

  • Zooming in, you see that the Russians turned sharply against America around the time Putin

  • faced strong opposition at home, which is when he began building up America as an external

  • threat.

  • Globally, it’s fascinating how much more positively younger generations view the U.S.

  • now that they are all on the Internet, a communication medium which has so far been dominated by

  • the West.

  • This could be behind the strong confidence most in the world have in the decision-making

  • capabilities of one of the most Internet-savvy leaders in history, U.S. President Barack

  • Obama.

  • Now, these are the global favorability ratings of China. The Pakistanis may be China’s

  • closest ally, sharing not only a productive relationship, but also a common cross border

  • rival, in India. Africans are also overwhelmingly supportive thanks to the money -- and migrant

  • workers -- the Chinese are pouring into the continent as its largest trading partner.

  • The Russian’s love China partially because they too share a common rival: America, the

  • current global superpower. The West’s views are all fairly consistent in their skeptical

  • feelings toward the Chinese, although France and the UK have a more favorable view.

  • Favorability views of China have changed in the past year thanks to actions like Chinese

  • President Xi Jinping’s visit to India.

  • Economically, the world increasingly thinks the U.S. is still the leader, and this data

  • was gathered before China’s economic troubles this summer...

  • But the world is also convinced that China has, or is on its way to, replacing the United

  • States as the superpower. Of the 40 nations in this survey only Brazil, Uganda, close

  • U.S. allies the Philippines and Japan, Vietnam, and the U.S. itself think China will never

  • replace the U.S., although it’s remarkable how pessimistic even the Americans are.

  • Generally, China is viewed very negatively on its respect for the personal freedoms of

  • its people, although countries that also don’t have the greatest human rights records have

  • a more favorable view of China on this issue because they don’t really understand what

  • it’s like to be truly free of government oppression either, like the Russians, Africans,

  • Middle Easterners, and Venezuelans in this survey.

  • China’s global rating on this issue has actually taken a hit over the past year as

  • pro-democracy protests that erupted in Hong Kong were forcefully put down. The Communist

  • Party also doubled down on its Orwellian Internet censorship campaign, which we detailed in

  • a previous video you can watch here and through the link below.

  • Next is the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The largest trade deal in world history, that’s

  • currently being spearheaded by the United States, is strongly supported by citizens

  • in all countries involved. Obama’s main objective here is to strengthen America’s

  • economic ties with China’s neighbors, as a countermeasure to the power of the Chinese

  • economy.

  • This chart shows how young people are more likely to embrace globalization, especially

  • Americans and Mexicans. Youth support for the TPP may also be a reflection of Obama’s

  • popularity with millennials.

  • Most countries would rather have stronger economic ties with the United States than

  • with China, although it’s interesting to see that staunch American allies South Korea

  • and Australia actually think it’s more important to trade with China.

  • Regionally, most countries welcome the increased U.S. military presence that came with Obama’s

  • pivot, although the Pakistanis don’t, and the South Koreans are naturally wary, given

  • that Korea was the site of an extremely bloody war between the Americans and Chinese less

  • than 65 years ago.

  • More data reveals that the Malaysians would much rather give in to China’s territorial

  • bullying in the South China sea than stand up to them. The most defiant country is Vietnam,

  • who staunchly favors being tough on China.

  • Partially, this defiance is bolstered by America’s Asian alliesbelief that the U.S. would

  • come to their defense if a serious military conflict broke out.

  • That belief is bolstered by significant public opinion in the U.S. in favor of defending

  • America’s allies in Asia using military force against China.

  • As helpful as this data is in allowing conclusions to be drawn about the American and Chinese

  • standing in the world, it raises just as many questions. What piece of data was most significant

  • to you? And what burning question are you left with after watching this video?

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