South Koreans are worried about North Korea, Bangladeshis are wary about India, and Indians sees Pakistan as its biggest threat. China and Japan are united only in their distrust for each other. And Indonesia is conflicted—it sees the United States as both its main ally and its biggest threat. This tangled web of trust and mistrust is mapped out in the Pew Research Center’s new “Balance of Power” survey, which shows that Asia is home to some of the world’s most fluid and confusing alliances and rivalries.
Regional allegiances are changing even more quickly now, with China’s rising economic and military power, America’s so-called pivot back to Asia, and new governments taking power in the last few years. Here are a few takeaways from Pew’s results, culled from 48,000 interviews conducted in 44 countri...
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