May 31, 2019 / 14:54

Vietnam – middle power in Asia-Pacific

The Hanoitimes - Vietnam has made rapid progress in strategic and economic spheres over the past year.

Vietnam ranks the 13th most influential in Asia-Pacific in the 2019 Lowy Institute Asia-Power Index, which was released earlier this week. 
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The country’s ranking is rated in criteria of economic resources, military capability, diplomatic influence, economic relationships, defense networks, cultural influence, future resources, and resilience by the Australia-based institute. 

Vietnam is rated in the group of “middle powers” with overall score of 18 out of 100, up 1.5 point from last year thanks to improvements in military capability, diplomatic influence, multilateral power and foreign policy.

The report showed that Vietnam has made rapid progress in strategic and economic spheres as it ranks 10th in economic relationships registering an upward trend for the measure.

Hanoi has made progress in the military capability measure, moving up one place to the 11th post. Assessments of Vietnam’s ability to deploy and sustain ground and naval forces in an interstate conflict have improved by three rankings to eighth place. 

Hanoi has also made the most of multilateral arrangements such as the TPP-11 and ASEAN to boost its economic diplomacy and regional trade ties. 

Current trend projections place it tenth for future resources.

Vietnam’s overall power score is among the top five most improved for 2019.

Sharing the same rank of middle powers include Russia, South Korea, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Pakistan, North Korea and the Philippines.

The US remained the most powerful country in the Asia Pacific region with an overall score of 84.5, followed by China at 75.9.

Japan and India were classified in the group of “major powers” following the position of the US and China.