Global politics

Study shows Russia's public image is declining as its global power rises

Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Putin. Photo: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

The global public has unfavorable opinions of Russia and President Vladimir Putin, but the country is still rising and becoming a world power, reports Clark Letterman of Pew Research Center citing data from a poll of 25 countries.

By the numbers: A median of 34% of people around the globe view Russia favorably and just 26% of those polled have confidence in Putin to "do the right thing in world affairs," with more unfavorable opinions belonging to those in the West. However, four countries showed favorable views of the country — the Philippines, Tunisia, South Korea and Greece — with "at least half have a positive view of Russia." Overall, 42% of participants in the poll said Russia plays a more important role in the world today as they did 10 years ago.

The growing international influence of China's Communist Party

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A group of leading China specialists and students of one-party systems under the auspices of the Hoover Institution and the Center on U.S.-China Relations of the Asia Society have issued a long report titled Chinese Influence & American Interests: Promoting Constructive Vigilance.

Between the lines: The report is interesting, balanced, timely and has some good ideas about how to deal with the threats — but it is a mistake to talk about “Chinese influence” when the issue is Chinese Communist Party (CCP) influence and interference operations. Just saying "Chinese" is a dangerous conflation that can spark anti-Chinese sentiment. To paraphrase Confucius, names matter.

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