Brunei Darussalam maintained its ranking at 19th place out of 26 nations, in the Lowy Institute’s Asia Power Index for this year.
According to the global think tank, Brunei had the biggest gains in diplomatic influence (+0.8) in 2020, but lost the most points in defence networks (-0.5). Elsewhere, it improved in resilience (+0.3) and future resources (+0.2), while trending down in economic relationships (-0.4), cultural influence (-0.3) and economic capability (-0.1). The score for military capability was unchanged this year.
“Brunei is a minor power in Asia. Its overall score has remained unchanged over the past year,” it said in its overview of Brunei.
More details on Thursday’s Borneo Bulletin