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Biden Meets XI Jinping This Week

More Americans see China as a critical threat

As President Joe Biden meets this week in the San Francisco Bay area with China's leader Xi Jinping, a long-running global affairs survey has found Americans are more worried about the threats posed by China than they have been at any point since 1990.

Concern about the rise of China has been an early feature in the 2024 U.S. presidential race. Some 58 percent of Americans say it is "a critical threat," according to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, which shared its survey data exclusively with NPR ahead of the Biden-Xi meeting on Wednesday. Forty-two percent do not.

"A record level of Americans now see China as a critical threat to the United States," said Dina Smeltz, senior fellow for public opinion and foreign policy at the Chicago Council. The council has been polling Americans on China since 1990.

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