Higher confidence in Biden than Xi, global survey shows; lowest trust in Putin

28/6/2022 6:26:00 PM

Higher confidence in Biden than Xi, global survey shows; lowest trust in Putin

A separate study also showed that most people in South-east Asia would prefer Asean to align itself with the United States.Trust in the US President was highest in Poland (82 per cent) and Sweden (74 per cent), in contrast to a respective 11 per cent and 13 per cent for China's Mr Xi.

Ratings for Mr Biden slipped from a year ago, with declines of 20 percentage points or more in Italy, Singapore and France.Singapore and Malaysia stood out among the 18 nations surveyed for respondents having higher confidence in China's President than in the US leader.

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Copy to clipboard https://str.LinkedIn SCHLOSS ELMAU, Germany: US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping are expected to speak in the next few weeks, US national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on Monday (Jun 27), citing growing convergence among NATO and G7 members about the challenge China poses.G7 host German Chancellor Olaf Scholz invited Senegal, Argentina, Indonesia, India and South Africa as partner nations at the summit.LinkedIn SCHLOSS ELMAU, Germany: Panned by critics for dragging his feet on Ukraine, called a"sulky liver sausage" by the Ukrainian ambassador, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Sunday (Jun 26) won public praise from a man he has long privately admired: US President Joe Biden.

sg/wLAz SINGAPORE - While global confidence in United States President Joe Biden has dipped from a year ago, most countries surveyed still have more confidence in him than in China's leader Xi Jinping, an international study published in June showed. A separate study also showed that most people in South-east Asia would prefer Asean to align itself with the United States. "We do think that there is increasing convergence, both at the G7 and at NATO, around the challenge China poses," Sullivan told reporters at the G7 summit in southern Germany. Of the respondents from 18 countries in the West and Asia surveyed by the Washington-based Pew Research Centre, just two - Singapore and Malaysia - expressed more trust in Mr Xi than in Mr Biden. They want G7 leaders to tax excessive corporate profits to help those hit by the food crisis, cancel debts of the poorest nations and to support developing countries in their battle against the food crisis and climate change. Asked if they had confidence in the leaders to do the right thing regarding world affairs, a median of 60 per cent said they had some or a lot of confidence in Mr Biden as opposed to just 18 per cent for his Chinese counterpart. But he said the increased attention to China's actions on both the economic and security front did not mean the West was looking to launch a new Cold War. Trust in the US President was highest in Poland (82 per cent) and Sweden (74 per cent), in contrast to a respective 11 per cent and 13 per cent for China's Mr Xi. "They are kindred spirits and they're dealing with some of the same challenges," said Steven Sokol, president of the American Council on Germany.

Asian countries surveyed included South Korea and Japan - both traditional US allies that regularly hold combined defence drills with the superpower."We want to stand for a set of principles that are fair to everybody. But Germany expects the proposal to fail to secure G7 backing due to US and Canadian resistance, a government official told Reuters on Sunday. Both countries showed overwhelmingly more trust in Mr Biden over Mr Xi. Around 70 per cent of South Koreans expressed confidence in Mr Biden, as opposed to 12 per cent for Mr Xi, while 62 per cent of Japanese respondents trusted the American Democrat, compared with a paltry 9 per cent for the Communist Party leader." G7 leaders on Sunday pledged to raise US$600 billion in private and public funds over five years to finance needed infrastructure in developing countries and counter China's older, multitrillion-dollar Belt and Road project. Ratings for Mr Biden slipped from a year ago, with declines of 20 percentage points or more in Italy, Singapore and France. "Putin has been counting on it from the beginning that somehow the NATO and the G7 would splinter. The Pew researchers said one issue that affected international views of Mr Biden could have been the US withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021. Source: Reuters/ec. He"has always looked very much to the USA," according to one long-time friend and confidante.

A median of 57 per cent across 17 countries polled, excluding the US, said the pullout was not handled well. The researchers said that confidence in China's President stayed roughly the same from a year ago. He vowed a revolution in German foreign and defence policy after Russia's invasion in February, but critics have since accused him of dragging his feet. However, not all countries' respondents trusted Mr Biden more than Mr Xi to do the right thing on the international stage. Singapore and Malaysia stood out among the 18 nations surveyed for respondents having higher confidence in China's President than in the US leader. Around 69 per cent in Singapore and 62 per cent in Malaysia said they had some or a lot of confidence in Mr Xi, as opposed to 48 per cent (Singapore) and 53 per cent (Malaysia) for Mr Biden. The G7 leaders are also expected to discuss options for tackling rising energy prices and replacing Russian oil and gas imports, as well as further sanctions that do not exacerbate the cost-of-living crisis affecting their own populations. "The warm and friendly words between the two, the president's expression of trust in Scholz showed that we've been able to make progress on that goal, and achieve a lot of that close working relationship that we wanted.

The survey, which was part of a study to analyse global attitudes towards the US, Nato and Russia, also asked people to rate three other major world leaders: Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. Globally, a median of 90 per cent of respondents said they had no trust at all in Mr Putin to do the right thing in world affairs. The nationally representative survey of almost 20,000 adults was conducted from Feb 14 to May 11, coinciding with Russia's Feb 24 invasion of Ukraine and likely leading to Mr Putin being perceived as the least trusted of the key world leaders included in the survey. Source: Reuters/ec. However, Malaysia (59 per cent) and Singapore (36 per cent) stood out for having some or a lot of confidence in the Russian leader, although this was lower than their ratings of Mr Xi. A median of just 8 per cent across the 18 countries expressed trust in the Russian President. Trump's public and private pummelling of Berlin over the pipeline, its failure to raise military spending to meet NATO targets and its support of the Iran nuclear deal sent the partnership reeling.

Similar to ratings of Mr Biden, a median of 62 per cent have confidence in Mr Macron and 59 per cent have confidence in Mr Scholz to do the right thing in world affairs. The sentiment of favouring the US over China was also captured in a separate ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute survey in 10 Asean nations published in February. As Beijing and Washington compete for influence and leadership in the region, the US continues to enjoy popular support in Asean. Asked to choose which of the two strategic rivals Asean should align itself with, 57 per cent of respondents across the countries polled chose the US, compared with 43 per cent who chose China. But significantly, choosing a side remained the least popular option (11 per cent) among those surveyed, with 46 per cent preferring the proactive notion that Asean should"enhance its resilience and unity" amid pressure from the two superpowers. Some in Washington meanwhile question Germany's continued strong economic ties with China, echoing criticisms under Trump.

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