Ranked 16 of 26 for comprehensive power, with an overall score of 12.8 out of 100.

Lost 0.4 points (−3% change) in overall score in 2023.


The Philippines is a middle power in Asia.

Its overall score declined by 0.4 points compared to 2021.

The Philippines’ strongest measure is defence networks, where it places ninth, reflecting the extent of its bilateral military cooperation with treaty ally the United States. Its weakest measure is resilience, where it ranks 20th, in part a result of internal conflict legacies.

Over the past year, its military capability has risen by two places to 17th.

The Philippines exerts more influence in the region than expected given its available resources, as indicated by the country’s positive power gap score. Its positive power gap remained roughly the same as in the previous edition.

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 the Philippines

Globally, which countries does the Philippines do most of its trade with?

China 27.2%

Japan 12.1%

United States 10.9%

European Union 8.2%

South Korea 6.1%

Countries influenced by the Philippines

Which countries in the region rely most on trade with the Philippines?

Indonesia 2.1%

Singapore 2.1%

Thailand 1.8%

Malaysia 1.5%

China 1.4%