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Old June 4th, 2018, 05:02 PM   #1
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The threat from America

From the Axios World Newsletter:

Russian aggression and the rise of China are among the biggest foreign policy concerns Americans face. In many countries, though, the world power seen as most threatening is the United States.
According to a 2017 Pew survey, 39% of respondents across 38 countries consider U.S. influence and power a major threat to their countries, compared to 31% for both Russia and China. Thatís up from 25% in 2013, when the survey was conducted previously.

Approval of U.S. global leadership fell to 30% worldwide, per a January Gallup poll. Thatís narrowly behind China (31%) and ahead of Russia (27%). Itís also the lowest score in the 10 years the survey has been conducted, and down from 48% in Barack Obamaís last year.

Americaís favorability around the world has fallen sharply, particularly among key allies like Mexico, Canada and Germany. And that was before Trump's trade war and Iran deal withdrawal.
President Trump would argue that foreign policy is not a popularity contest, and itís better to be viewed as a threat than a pushover. But there are real foreign policy implications behind these numbers:
Partnerships with South Korea and Japan are crucial to containing both the North Korean threat and the rise of China. Unsurprisingly, both countries list China as among the top threats they face. Startlingly, though, the U.S. is right behind ó with 70% in South Korea and 62% in Japan viewing the U.S. as a major threat.

Meanwhile, some NATO allies like Germany apparently see the threat to the west as larger than the one to the east. 35% of Germans view the U.S. as a major threat, compared to 33% for Russia. Meanwhile, as relations with Trump have soured, Chancellor Angela Merkel has sought common cause with both Russia and China.
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Threatening in what manner?
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Damn Canadian bots again.
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TDS. Again. From a Canadian. Liberals are guilty of Russian/Canadian/Hillary collusion.
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