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Papua New Guinea

Ranked 26 of 26 for comprehensive power, with an overall score of 3.7 out of 100.


Papua New Guinea is a minor power in Asia.

The country’s overall score has remained unchanged over the past year.

The country performs best in the resilience measure, where it places 21st. Its resource-rich economy and relatively conflict-free relationships with its direct neighbours — Indonesia and Australia — contribute to this result.

However, despite lying on the geographic continuum of Southeast Asia, Papua New Guinea lacks regional clout and places last for economic capability, military capability, future resources, diplomatic influence and defence networks.

The country exerts less influence in the region than expected given its available resources, as indicated by the country’s negative power gap score. While Papua New Guinea is a net underachiever, its negative power gap improved in 2021.

Read more analysis in the Key Findings report . Explore further results in the Scores section.

Bilateral Influence

Bilateral trade, current dollars (2020)

Countries that influence Papua New Guinea

Globally, which countries does Papua New Guinea do most of its trade with?

Australia 25.9%

China 19.0%

Singapore 11.5%

Japan 9.3%

European Union 7.2%

Countries influenced by Papua New Guinea

Which countries in the region rely most on trade with Papua New Guinea?

Australia 0.8%

North Korea 0.4%

Brunei 0.3%

Japan 0.2%

New Zealand 0.2%