China’s power in Asia diminished by Covid-zero, study shows

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leaving the United States to cement its position as the most influential power in the region, according to an Australian research group.

The index measures power based on 133 indicators across eight core themes, assessing how much sway is held diplomatically, economically and militarily. Overall, the US was placed first, followed by China, Japan, India and Russia. “We’ve heard about the economic impact of China’s border closures, but this really shows us for the first time, I think, the strategic impact of the border closures,” she said.

While the US’ ranking declined slightly overall, Ms Patton said it kept its top position thanks to the Biden administration’s diplomatic posture and the relatively strong American economy.diplomatic outreach to countries such as Australia


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