Obama bows out of Asian summit amid mixed views of U.S., China in region
President Obama’s decision to cancel his trip to the Pacific Rim economic summit because of the political battle at home over the budget and debt ceiling comes at a time when publics in the region have mixed views about the U.S. and China.
Indonesians upbeat about Obama and the U.S., despite the president’s cancelled trips
President Obama has cancelled a trip to Indonesia for the third time because of troubles at home.
Sentencing of former party boss Bo Xilai puts focus on China corruption concerns
The case of Bo Xilai, sentenced last weekend to life imprisonment, highlights an increasing central issue in Chinese politics: political corruption.
Rising Environmental Concerns in China
The Chinese public is increasingly worried about the quality of the country’s air and water. There is also widespread concern about inflation, inequality and corruption, and the safety of consumer goods and food.
In Pakistan, most say Ahmadis are not Muslim
Anti-Ahmadi sentiment runs high in Pakistan, where two in three Pakistani Muslims say Ahmadis are not Muslim.
As elections approach, Australians’ satisfaction with country’s direction is falling
Australians go to the polls to choose a new government this week. Recent surveys show that public satisfaction with the economic direction of the country is falling.
China’s economic influence in Asia doesn’t always lead to positive feelings
Although China’s trade ties with and economic influence on its Asian and Pacific Rim neighbors are greater than ever, that’s doesn’t automatically translate into warmer feelings toward the People’s Republic among publics in the region.
Decades after war’s end, some of Japan’s neighbors still see need for atonement
On the 68th anniversary of Japan’s surrender in World War II, publics in some countries in Asia — notably South Korea and China — believe that Japan still has not sufficiently apologized for its actions during the conflict.
U.S. seen as respecting the personal freedoms of its people, as China lags behind
America’s image remains more positive than China’s around the world, especially when it comes to how global publics perceive each government’s treatment of its own people.
Japan elections come amid shifting attitudes on country’s military posture
Elections in Japan on July 21 to choose half of the members of the the upper house of Japan’s Diet may be a referendum on changing constitutional limits on the country’s military posture.