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International relations

China's power catching up to that of US, Asia ranking shows

Lowy's Asia Power Index reveals Washington's fading predominance in the region

The second annual Asia Power Index shows China's clout nearing that of the U.S., especially in economic terms.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- China is rapidly closing in on the U.S. in terms of political clout in Asia, according to the Sydney-based Lowy Institute's latest ranking.

Asia Power Index 2019 shows the U.S. 8.6 points ahead of China, down from a lead of 10.1 points last year.

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