A new report from the Pew Research Center shows that Americans view China significantly more positively now than a year ago, and that the increases are not limited to the young and liberal: 39 percent of Republicans have a favorable opinion of China, up from 27 percent a year ago. Overall, opinions remain mixed, though Pew reports that “concerns about U.S. debt, job losses, and trade deficits have generally eased” as the American economy has continued to gain strength. For example, while 61 percent of Americans in 2012 considered the trade deficit with China to be a very serious problem, only 44 percent think so today.
Nevertheless, Pew notes a significant partisan divide: “Most strikingly, 71% of Republicans say job losses to China are a very big problem for the U.S., compared with only 47% of Democrats.” Trump’s harsh rhetoric on China may be best understood, then, as a reflection of Republican voters rather than the American public at large.
- China’s ‘House of Cards’ hits the TV screen as Xi Jinping whips his cadres / SCMP
In the Name of the People (人民的名义 rénmín de míngyì), a new TV series that premiered on March 28, was produced by the Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP). The show features guns, bedrooms piled high with cash, officials in bed with foreign mistresses, and a crack team of investigators rooting out corruption at the highest levels of government. The show has been very well received. You can watch a trailer for it here.
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- Trump and Xi: Two imposing leaders with clashing agendas / NYT (paywall)
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