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

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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.

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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
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ Influence
Welcome Growing
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ Influence
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ณ Brunei58%42%
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ Cambodia66%34%
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Indonesia57%43%
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Laos68%32%
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ Malaysia56%44%
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Myanmar95%5%
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ Philippines81%19%
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Singapore74%26%
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ Thailand84%16%
๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ 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 Chinaโ€™s growing influence.

Feelings Towards America

Conversely, rising American influence is welcomed in two countries with competing claims in the South China Sea, the Philippines (69%) and Vietnam (55%).

CountryWorried About Growing
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Influence
Welcome Growing
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Influence
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ณ Brunei73%27%
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ Cambodia58%42%
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Indonesia73%27%
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Laos79%21%
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ Malaysia68%32%
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Myanmar45%55%
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ Philippines32%69%
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Singapore37%63%
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ Thailand80%20%
๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ Vietnam45%55%
Average59%41%

Despite this, on a regional average, more respondents worry about growing American influence (59%) than they welcome it (41%).

Interestingly, it seems almost every ASEAN nation has a clear preference for one superpower over the other.

The only exception is Thailand, where those surveyed were not a fan of either option, with 84% worried about China, and 80% worried about the U.S.

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The Top 25 Nationalities of U.S. Immigrants

Mexico is the largest source of immigrants to the U.S., with almost 11 million immigrants.

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Bar chart showing the top 25 nationalities of US Immigrants.

The Top 25 Nationalities of U.S. Immigrants

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The United States is home to more than 46 million immigrants, constituting approximately 14% of its total population.

This graphic displays the top 25 countries of origin for U.S. immigrants, based on 2022 estimates. The data is sourced from the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), which analyzed information from the U.S. Census Bureauโ€™s 2022 American Community Survey.

In this context, “immigrants” refer to individuals residing in the United States who were not U.S. citizens at birth.

Mexico Emerges as a Leading Source of Immigration

Mexico stands out as the largest contributor to U.S. immigration due to its geographical proximity and historical ties.

Various economic factors, including wage disparities and employment opportunities, motivate many Mexicans to seek better prospects north of the border.

CountryRegion# of Immigrants
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ MexicoLatin America
& Caribbean
10,678,502
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ IndiaAsia2,839,618
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ ChinaAsia2,217,894
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ PhilippinesAsia1,982,333
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ป El SalvadorLatin America
& Caribbean
1,407,622
๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ VietnamAsia1,331,192
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡บ CubaLatin America
& Caribbean
1,312,510
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ด Dominican RepublicLatin America
& Caribbean
1,279,900
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡น GuatemalaLatin America
& Caribbean
1,148,543
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท KoreaAsia1,045,100
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด ColombiaLatin America
& Caribbean
928,053
๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ณ HondurasLatin America
& Caribbean
843,774
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CanadaNorthern America821,322
๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ JamaicaLatin America
& Caribbean
804,775
๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡น HaitiLatin America
& Caribbean
730,780
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง United KingdomEurope676,652
๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ช VenezuelaLatin America
& Caribbean
667,664
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท BrazilLatin America
& Caribbean
618,525
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช GermanyEurope537,484
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ EcuadorLatin America
& Caribbean
518,287
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ช PeruLatin America
& Caribbean
471,988
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ NigeriaAfrica448,405
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ UkraineEurope427,163
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท IranMiddle East407,283
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ PakistanAsia399,086
Rest of World11,637,634
Total46,182,089

Mexicans are followed in this ranking by Indians, Chinese, and Filipinos, though most immigrants on this list come from countries in the Latin American and Caribbean region.

On the other hand, only three European countries are among the top sources of U.S. immigrants: the UK, Germany, and Ukraine.

Immigration continues to be a significant factor contributing to the overall growth of the U.S. population. Overall population growth has decelerated over the past decade primarily due to declining birth rates.

Between 2021 and 2022, the increase in the immigrant population accounted for 65% of the total population growth in the U.S., representing 912,000 individuals out of nearly 1.4 million.

If you enjoyed this post, be sure to check out Visualized: Why Do People Immigrate to the U.S.?ย This visualization shows the different reasons cited by new arrivals to America in 2021.

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