China Favorability Slips In September

China Favorability Slips In September

How do Americans see China?

Raghavan Mayur

The TIPP China Favorability Index dropped 1.8 points or 5.0%, from 35.9 in August to 34.1 in September.

TechnoMetrica started tracking China's favorability in March.

To compute the index, we use survey responses to the question: Generally speaking, is your opinion of China: Very Favorable, Somewhat Favorable, Not Very Favorable, or Not At All Favorable.

The indexes range from 0 to 100.  A reading of 50 or higher is favorable, while a reading of 50 or lower is unfavorable.  50 is neutral.

Only one of the 36 demographic groups we track has a favorable opinion of China.

TIPP Poll Results: China Favorability Index Of Americans, Along party lines

Relevance

The pandemic has claimed nearly 4.6 million lives.  China is unwilling to show any remorse and cooperate in determining the virus's origin, preferring instead to stonewall the issue.

Almost two-thirds of Americans believe China should pay reparations for the pandemic.

How Americans see China will have a bearing on U.S. foreign policy, consumption of goods made in China, and broader trade with the country.

According to national security experts, China is the most important global power for the United States to concentrate its efforts on, followed by Russia, Iran, and North Korea.

China is neither an ally nor an enemy.  It is a rising global power vying for superpower status.

China's military might, desire for dominance, and treatment of its adjacent lands are causes of concern.

Further, China's treatment of Uyghurs and handling of Hong Kong raise human rights issues. Many describe the Uyghur situation as a genocide.

Recently, China was first in line to welcome the Taliban.

Americans broadly favor active measures to counter China’s aggressive moves against Taiwan.

The U.S. relies on China for trade and the supply of critical goods. And China's economy depends on trade with the U.S.

According to a recent TIPP poll, more than half of Americans believe China's influence network has "great" or "moderate" influence over American politics and decision-making.

Keeping all of this in mind, we devised a broad metric to assess how Americans perceive China.

Behind The Numbers

The perception of China is most positive among

  • Age 25-44 group (50.3),
  • Urban residents (48.5),
  • Democrats (48.3),
  • Blacks (47.6), and
  • Age 18-24 group (47.0).

The perception of China is most negative among

  • Age 65+ (19.0),
  • Republicans (20.4),
  • Age 45-64 (24.9),
  • Rural (25.0), and
  • White women (25.7).
TIPP Poll Results: Chart -  American China favorability index, Topline demographic break down

President Biden's Handling Of China

Only 29% give President Biden an A or B for his handling of China.  Democrats and liberals have a favorable view of Biden's handling of China, while Republicans and conservatives have an unfavorable view.  Independents and moderates are closer to Republicans than Democrats.

By party and ideology, share giving an A or B:

  • 55% of Democrats
  • 6% of Republicans
  • 17% of Independents
  • 22% of Conservatives
  • 24% of Moderates
  • 47% of Liberals
TIPP Poll Results, How do Americans think President Biden Is Handling China

TIPP Takes

G-7, China, Russia To Join Ministerial Talks On Afghanistan

G7 Flags

Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven industrialized nations and China and Russia will attend multilateral talks on the Taliban-controlled Afghanistan crisis following US forces' withdrawal.

Beijing and Moscow are expected to participate in an online ministerial meeting on Afghanistan involving more than 20 countries. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said he will co-host with his German counterpart, Heiko Maas.

The G-7 countries have agreed to demand that the Taliban ensure the safe evacuation of those wishing to leave the conflict-torn country, sever ties with terrorist organizations, and respect women's rights.

Japan's Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said that it was critical to apply pressure on Afghanistan "along with China and Russia, which have some influence" over the country.


Taiwan Scrambles Jets Against Renewed Chinese Military Activity

Jets scramble

Taiwan's air force launched a counter-offensive against renewed Chinese military activity on Sunday. The defense ministry reported that 19 aircraft, including nuclear-capable bombers, had flown into Taiwan's air defense identification zone.

For a year or more, Chinese-claimed Taiwan has complained about repeated missions by China's air force near the self-ruled island, frequently in the southwestern part of its air defense zone near the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands.

The latest Chinese mission included 10 J-16 and four Su-30 fighters and four H-6 bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons and an anti-submarine aircraft.

Taiwan dispatched combat aircraft to warn off the Chinese aircraft and deployed its missile systems to monitor them.

Last week, Taiwan's defense ministry warned that China's threat was growing, claiming that China's armed forces can "paralyze" Taiwan's defenses and fully monitor its deployments.


China Tests New Myanmar Trade Route In Boost To Ties

China Myanmar Test

China held a test run of a new overland trade route with Myanmar last month, in a show of support for its neighbor hit with Western sanctions after a coup this year.

China sent around 60 containers in the first trial of the China-Myanmar corridor last month. The cargo traveled by road from Yangon over the Chin Shwe Haw border to Lincang in Yunnan province, China, before continuing by rail to the Sichuan provincial capital of Chengdu.

The test comes after a high-level Chinese official's first visit to Myanmar since a military junta seized power in February.

The new route could help boost trade with Myanmar and help link China with the Indian Ocean. China has been keen to increase its influence in Southeast Asia through its Belt and Road Initiative and has invested heavily in transportation infrastructure in the region.


America's First Civilization Was Made Up Of 'Sophisticated' Engineers'

Poverty Point

Native Americans who lived in the Poverty Point area of northern Louisiana more than 3,000 years ago were highly skilled engineers capable of building massive earthen structures in a matter of months — possibly even weeks — that stood the test of time.

Hunter-gatherers built the structures around 3,400 years ago out of nearly 2 million cubic yards of soil.

Building the massive mounds and ridges at Poverty Point necessitated a large, well-organized labor pool and leadership to execute.

Even more impressive than how quickly the people built the earthen structures is that they are still standing.  Because of its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, this area receives a lot of rain, making earthworks prone to erosion.

Microscopic analysis of soils reveals that the Native Americans combined various types of soil — clays, silts, and sand — in a calculated recipe to strengthen the structures.

Native Americans discovered sophisticated ways of mixing different materials to make them virtually indestructible, despite not being compacted, similar to Roman concrete or rammed earth in China.

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