U.S. 'Soft Power' Eclipses China's Influence In Asia, Survey Finds

The Chinese economy is a force to be reckoned with, but U.S. influences still hold sway in Asia, according to a survey released Tuesday.

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the East Asia Institute in South Korea found that America is perceived to have a greater ability to influence countries through soft power — nonmilitary means such as education, economy and culture, The International Herald Tribune reported.

The survey was conducted from January through March in Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia and the U.S.

According to the study, Asians admire China’s progress but fear its growing military might.

The research also showed that U.S. perception of China has declined, mainly due to China’s human rights records.

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