U.S. wields most influence followed by China and Japan
New Delhi, Dec. 12 (Delhi Crown): India stands at fourth position among the list of countries that wield most power in Asia, after the U.S, China and Japan, a new report by Sydney-based “Lowy Institute” has said.
The report stated that the Covid-pandemic had driven down the power of Asian giants – India and China, in the Indo-Pacific region.
“The US managed to expand its power through better diplomacy and retained its Numero Uno position in terms of being the most influential nation in the region,” added the report.
It further stated that China’s measure of power fell as it wrestled with structural weaknesses in its demographics and financial system and become more isolationist.
“India saw a loss of ranking in critical parameters like diplomatic influence and economic relationships in the last one year,” according to the report.
In the list of 26 nations, Pakistan stood at 15th rank, while Bangladesh stood at 19, followed by Sri Lanka and Myanmar. Nepal stood at 25th position, said gthe report.
The “Lowy Institute” is an independent think-tank founded in April 2003 to conduct original, policy-relevant research about international political, strategic and economic issues from an Australian perspective. It is based in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.