Taiwan is a middle power in Asia.
The territory is one of only three in the region that registered an improvement in their overall score — gaining 0.8 points in 2020.
Taiwan performs best in the economic capability measure, where it places 8th. Taiwan remains a diplomatic outsider in the region, with its lowest ranking in the diplomatic influence measure, coming in at 19th place. However, Taipei’s competent handling of the COVID-19 pandemic has boosted its international reputation. Taiwan also maintains a substantial network of unofficial representative offices abroad, with its foreign policy bureaucracy ranked 10th in the region for its efficacy.
Taiwan exerts less influence in the region than expected given its available resources, as indicated by the country’s negative power gap score. While Taiwan is a net underachiever in Asia, its negative power gap improved in 2020.
* Taiwan is included in the Index as a self-governing territory claimed by China.
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A country’s weighted average across eight measures of power