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Chinese State Media Gloats About Survey Results That Show China is More Popular Than the U.S. in MENA

Chinese state media outlets this weekend touted the findings of a recent Arab Barometer public opinion survey released in January, which showed much higher approval ratings for China compared to the United States.

The survey in six Middle East and North African countries was conducted last October during the final months of the Trump administration. Other than the reports published over the weekend by both Xinhua and CGTN, Arab Barometer’s findings didn’t get any major international media coverage — most likely due to the fact that public opinion of the U.S. in this region generally tends to be lower due to a heightened U.S. military presence in the region, Washington’s support for Israel, as well as the fact that its foreign policy under ex-President Donald Trump was much more isolationist, arguably contributed to these results.

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