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Every country has geographic power, although some countries have more than others. Countries with more power often have a valuable supply of natural resources and human resources. The attitude of the people in the country and the problems that the country is faced with are also factors in determining its geographic power. Poor attitudes and many problems may, however, be altered when the human or natural resources are improved. Therefore, these resources are the most important factors in determining the geographical power of a country. These resources also can be used to determine the potential for greater geographic power. In a ranked list of geographic power a country with more resources will be placed higher than a country with fewer resources. Therefore, China has the most geographic power, followed by India, the United Kingdom, Brazil and finally Mexico, with the least geographic power.

Of all the countries listed above, China has the most geographic power and indeed the most potential for future geographic power.

China's total resources far surpass the number of resources that the other countries possess. China has eleven resources in total. This by itself may guarantee a country geographic power. However, human resources are often more important, as they are the products that result from the manufacturing of natural resources. Obviously, it is possible to obtain more money from manufactured resources than it is from raw materials in their natural state. China is more heavily weighted in the human resource column, as it has eight of its eleven possible resources in that area. There are also some resources that are more important than others. China has a great number of important resources such as steel ore, cotton lint, coal, iron ore, forestry and resources that can be used for food, such as fishing, cattle, rice, and wheat.