What happens in American politics has deep implications for the rest of the world, and looking at foreign media coverage of the race – especially in places that have strict state control of media like China, Russia and Iran – can give you a pretty good idea of what different countries think about the candidates.

A team of researchers tracked over 20 prominent news outlets in China, Russia and Iran, using algorithms to identify key narrative themes in the coverage. They did the same exercise in 2016. Back then, Trump was an unknown, and some foreign media were bullish on the former reality TV star.

Now? Those same state-run media outlets have started to change their tune.

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Nick Lehr

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