Australia, Vietnam and Taiwan have seen their power in Asia rise partly due to their handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
- The Lowy Institute’s third annual Asia Power Index saw Australia overtake South Korea
- India has lost its “major power” status, casting doubt on its ability to rival China for influence in Asia
- The pandemic has wreaked havoc on economies and set many parts of Asia back
That is according to the Lowy Institute’s Asia Power Index for 2020, which ranks 26 nations’ power in the region according to a range of measures — from military capability and defence networks to diplomatic and cultural influence.
The index shows the United States remains the most powerful country in Asia but its power is continuing to decline…