Biden's Presidency Swings Global Preference For US Leadership Over China: Poll

In a recent development, a Gallup poll has revealed that the global preference for U.S. leadership over China increases when the White House is under Democratic control.

What Happened: Gallup’s data disclosed that a significant number of countries favor U.S. leadership over China’s, particularly during Democratic administrations, CNBC reported on Monday. The report, released on Monday, showed that in 2023, nearly half (48%) of the world’s countries leaned towards the U.S., with only 21% favoring China.

During the Trump administration, a larger proportion of countries favored China. However, this trend shifted when Democrat Joe Biden assumed office in 2021. The Gallup report suggests that America’s global influence could hinge on the upcoming presidential rematch between Joe Biden and Donald Trump.

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The U.S.’s net approval advantage over China has shown resilience, especially among more strongly aligned groups, under the Biden administration. Despite China’s short-term gains in relative alignment under Trump, most of these were “weakly aligned”. Gallup’s analysis also showed that since 2017, more countries disapproved of both China and U.S. leadership than approved of them, with 2021 being an exception.

Why It Matters: Under Biden’s leadership, the U.S. has blacklisted a record number of Chinese entities, indicating escalating economic tensions between the two countries. This move has been seen as a further intensification of the ongoing economic standoff between the two superpowers.

Despite the changing dynamics of the U.S. presidential elections, Taiwan has expressed confidence in the continuity of U.S. support. This assurance came in a report to lawmakers, highlighting the bipartisan support for Taiwan.

Meanwhile, China’s President Xi Jinping‘s recent visit to France amid escalating trade disputes and the Ukraine conflict has drawn attention. The visit coincides with mounting trade tensions between China and the EU, with France expressing concerns about trade imbalances and the impact of the conflict in Ukraine.

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