THE BALANCE OF [PWER
SHANGHAI COOPERATION ORGANISTATION
The SCO comprises eight member states, namely the Republic of India, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the People's Republic of China, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tajikistan, and the Republic of Uzbekistan;
• the SCO counts four observer states, namely the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the Republic of Belarus, the Islamic Republic of Iran and Mongolia;
• the SCO has six dialogue partners, namely the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Armenia, the Kingdom of Cambodia, the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, the Republic of Turkey, and the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.
To assess the changing balance of power and ability of individual countries or group of countries to influence others, for whatever reason, this interactive Excel (.xls) database was created. The above table shows the relative economic power or potential power of the various groups compared with the United States and China.
Population is included which perhaps shows the potential for growth of GDP and market for products.
In the past year the United States has attempted to persuade the world that it is still the leader, claiming that the USA and its "allies" are all powerful and it will "negotiate (what) with strength with China and Russia. Interrogation of the database raises the question as to who or where these allies lie. For the USA Some rather disconcerting situations arise where its some of what USA considers its main "allies" clearly are keeping their options open, or have openly declared for Asia (Germany?).
Of the Quad, India has an 8% shareholding in the BRI Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank following China with 29*% G7 allies UK, Germany and France have 3% to 4%. as have other allies Australia and Korea. USA meanwhile is openly intent on sabotaging the BRI.
Belt and road Initiative countries