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Papua New Guinea

Ranked 26 of 26 for comprehensive power, with an overall score of 3.3 out of 100.

Lost 0.4 points (−12% change) in overall score in 2023.


Papua New Guinea is a minor power in Asia.

The country’s overall score has declined by 0.4 points over the past year.

Papua New Guinea’s strongest measure is resilience, 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.

Papua New Guinea exerts less influence in the region than expected given its available resources, as indicated by the country’s negative power gap score, which deteriorated further in 2022.

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 26.9%

China 20.1%

Japan 9.7%

Singapore 8.4%

European Union 7.6%

Countries influenced by Papua New Guinea

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

Australia 0.8%

North Korea 0.6%

Brunei 0.3%

Japan 0.2%

New Zealand 0.2%