Fact Tank Jul. 19, 2013

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.

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Global Jul. 18, 2013

Infographic: United States and China: The Image of the Globe’s Two Superpowers

Explore the global image of two of the world’s leading economic powers, the United States and China.

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Global Jul. 18, 2013

Map: World’s Leading Economic Power

The U.S. is still seen as the world’s leading economic power by pluralities or majorities in 22 of the 39 countries polled. China is seen as dominant in eight countries, with the remaining nine divided in their opinions.

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Global Jul. 18, 2013

Maps: Global Views of the U.S. and China

Overall, global attitudes toward America are positive. In 28 of 38 nations, half or more of those surveyed express a favorable opinion of the U.S. Meanwhile, China is viewed favorably in just 19 of 38 nations.

Global Jul. 18, 2013

America’s Global Image Remains More Positive Than China’s

While publics around the world believe China’s economic power is rising, it has not led to more positive ratings for the country.

Global Jul. 11, 2013

Public Mood Rebounds in Japan, Abe Popular

After more than two decades of economic turmoil and political transition, the Japanese public’s mood is improving. And seven-in-ten Japanese have a favorable opinion of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Fact Tank Jul. 10, 2013

Partner? Rival? For many in U.S., China is both

More than half of Americans say it’s very important to be “tough” with China on economic and trade issues — about as many who say “building a strong relationship” with China is very important.

Fact Tank Jun. 27, 2013

Obama seeks to improve economic ties with South Africa as China edges in

President Obama’s trip to South Africa this week aims to strengthen economic ties between the two countries at a time when China’s growing economic presence in the region has added a new dynamic. According to the European Commission, in 2011, China accounted for a larger share of South Africa’s trade than the U.S. did. And the […]

Fact Tank Jun. 5, 2013

Americans and Chinese grow more wary of each other

As U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping prepare for their first summit on Friday, tensions between the publics of these two superpowers are on the rise. American attitudes toward China have turned sharply negative over the last two years. According to new Pew Research Center poll findings not yet released in a […]

Global May. 10, 2013

What Pakistan Thinks

As Pakistan prepares for this weekend’s elections, the Taliban has significantly stepped up its attacks. And no matter which party emerges victorious from the May 11 poll, it will have to answer to a public that is increasingly worried about the threat extremism poses to the Pakistani state.