Beijing: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pipped Chinese president Xi Jinping to secure the top rank in handling domestic and international affairs in a global survey conducted by a Chinese firm.
In the 'China's National Image Global Survey 2014, conducted in nine countries- the US, UK, Australia, Japan, South Africa, India, Russia, Brazil and China- Modi's handling of domestic and international affairs has won him the top rank while Xi figured second.
"Xi's handling of both domestic and international affairs has won high praise. He ranks second, after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for his capability of handling domestic and international affairs," Wang Gangyi, vice-president of China International Publishing Group, said citing the survey report, which was released in Beijing on Wednesday.
The survey, based on 4,500 respondents from the nine countries, was conducted by the Centre for International Communication Studies of China Foreign Languages Publishing Administration, Millward Brown and Lightspeed GMI.
The survey also found that Xi was the fourth best-known among the leaders of the nine countries, with 70% of the respondents having heard of him, after US President Barack Obama (97 per cent), Russian President Vladimir Putin (91 per cent) and British Prime Minister David Cameron (86 per cent), it said.