The international reputation of the United States, the world’s worst-hit country, has suffered — but China, its main geostrategic rival, has struggled to capitalize on the moment.
The coronavirus didn’t create China’s or the United States’ reputational weaknesses, but does appear to have exacerbated them.
Domestically, the United States became increasingly polarized, prompting concerns abroad that U.S. democracy may be in worse condition than anticipated.
But while confidence in China plummeted, approval of the United States also dropped to a record low in Australia and among six other allies, including Britain, Canada and Japan.
ADADAnd in the United States and many foreign capitals, Trump’s opponents hope that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, who is leading in polls, could mend strained ties if elected.