US power advantage over China declines in wake of coronavirus pandemic: Lowy Institute

US power advantage over China declines in wake of coronavirus pandemic: Lowy Institute

The United States’ handling of Covid-19 has accelerated its declining power advantage over China, according to a new index of power in Asia, with the gap between the superpowers halving since 2018.

While retaining the top spot in the region, the US saw its relative power drop the most of any country in 2020, according to the annual index produced by the Lowy Institute, a Sydney-based think tank.

The US scored 81.6 in the index, a drop of three points from the previous year, with its position declining in all but one of eight measures of power.

The 2020 index, which is in its third year, ranked 26 countries in the region using 128 indicators across eight categories: economic resources and relationships, military capability and defence networks, diplomatic and cultural influence, and resilience and future resources.