“In 2013, only a quarter across 22 nations saw American power as a major threat to their country, but that jumped substantially to 38 percent in 2017, the year after Trump was elected president, and to 45 percent in 2018,” according to the poll.
“Although similar proportions of Japanese respondents reported viewing the U.S. and China as ‘major threats,’ Japanese respondents are likely responding to the economic and military rise of their neighbor, while the threat posed by the U.S. is probably seen as emanating from its recent policy instability toward the region, which creates very different kinds of challenges for Japan.”
Japan and the U.S., meanwhile, were among four nations where people viewed cyberattacks from other countries as their top international concern.
Despite the growing sense of detente on the Korean Peninsula and ongoing denuclearization talks between Washington and Pyongyang, people among all nations surveyed expressed fears about North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.
In South Korea, more rated China’s power as a major threat — 82 percent — than the North’s nuclear weapons program, at 67 percent.