Fact Tank Sep. 18, 2013

NSA revelations strain U.S. relations with a friendly Brazil

Leaks by former NSA employee Edward Snowden are having far reaching effects on U.S. diplomacy, this time damaging relations with one of America’s most important partners in Latin America.

Fact Tank Aug. 16, 2013

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.

Fact Tank Aug. 8, 2013

Greeks, stung by recession, lukewarm on U.S. relations

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras of Greece visits the White House for the first time today, at a time when anti-U.S. feeling in his country is running high.

Fact Tank Jul. 23, 2013

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.

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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.

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. 18, 2013

In Germany, they still love Obama

On Wednesday, Barack Obama returns to Berlin, home to one of the more dramatic moments from his first presidential campaign. In July 2008, speaking beneath the city’s 200-foot-tall Victory Column, Obama pledged to heal the transatlantic divisions that had erupted during then-President George W. Bush’s time in office. “The walls between old allies on either […]

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 […]