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Afghan bombings and chaotic withdrawal damage Biden's standing as world leader in short term

Afghan evacuees boarding a plane to the United States at the US Air Base Ramstein, Germany, on Aug 26, 2021.PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON - During his campaign and in his first months in office, President Joe Biden presented himself as a seasoned foreign policy hand who could and would restore America's leadership on the world stage.

And America's image abroad did rebound with Mr Biden, with a majority of people - 74 per cent in 12 advanced economies across Europe and Asia, according to a Pew Research Centre poll - saying they had the confidence in Mr Biden to do the right thing in world affairs.

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