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On a range of 35 criteria it comes second in the world only to the United States, said the report by The Henry Jackson Society (HJS) think-tank. It put the UK narrowly ahead of France and China in terms of “geo-political capability”, with Germany fifth, India sixth, Japan seventh and Russia eighth.
The study by James Rogers, director of the HJS’s Global Britain programme, analysed strengths such as the nations’ economies, technological prowess, military strength, diplomatic leverage, state of the population and cultural prestige.
These factors enable the UK to have far greater influence around the world than almost all other nations.
Read more in the Express