This post is by Marcus Lu from Visual Capitalist


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A chart visualizing the results of a 2024 survey where respondents were asked if they were worried or welcoming of rising Chinese and American geopolitical influence in their country.

What Southeast Asia Thinks About China & the U.S.

This was originally posted on our Voronoi app. Download the app for free on iOS or Android and discover incredible data-driven charts from a variety of trusted sources. This chart visualizes the results of a 2024 survey conducted by the ASEAN Studies Centre at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute. Nearly 2,000 respondents were asked if they were worried or welcoming of rising Chinese and American geopolitical influence in their country. The countries surveyed all belong to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a political and economic union of 10 states in Southeast Asia.

Feelings Towards China

On average, a significant share of respondents from all 10 countries are worried about rising influence from both the U.S. and China. However, overall skepticism is higher for China, at 74% (versus 59% for U.S.).
CountryWorried About Growing
🇨🇳 Influence
Welcome Growing
🇨🇳 Influence
🇧🇳 Brunei58%42%
🇰🇭 Cambodia66%34%
🇮🇩 Indonesia57%43%
🇱🇦 Laos68%32%
🇲🇾 Malaysia56%44%
🇲🇲 Myanmar95%5%
🇵🇭 Philippines81%19%
🇸🇬 Singapore74%26%
🇹🇭 Thailand84%16%
🇻🇳 Vietnam96%4%
Average74%27%
The recently-cooled but still active territorial concerns over the South China Sea may play a significant role in these responses, especially in countries which are also claimants over the sea. For example, in Vietnam over 95% of respondents said they were worried about China’s growing influence.

Feelings Towards America

Conversely, rising American influence is welcomed in two countries (Read more…)