By The Nation
The China Daily reported on Wednesday that the US media organisation surveyed more than 21,000 people about how they viewed 80 countries in terms of criteria including economic influence, citizenship and quality of life.
To determine which countries were improving most quickly, the surveyors used a computer model to predict their future growth in gross domestic product and purchasing-power parity per capita.
The resulting upper ranks were dominated by Asian and Middle Eastern nations.
The top nine, in descending order, are the United Arab Emirates, Singapore, India, China, Japan, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Russia and Egypt.