Asia-Pacific

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Asia-Pacific or Asia Pacific (abbreviated as Asia-Pac, AsPac, APAC, APJ, JAPA or JAPAC) is the part of the world in or near the Western Pacific Ocean. The region varies in size depending on context, but it typically includes much of East Asia, Southeast Asia, and Oceania.

The term may also include Russia (on the North Pacific) and countries in the Americas which are on the coast of the Eastern Pacific Ocean; the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, for example, includes Canada, Chile, Russia, Mexico, Peru, and the United States.

Alternatively, the term sometimes comprises all of Asia and Australasia as well as small/medium/large Pacific island nations - for example when dividing the world into large regions for commercial purposes (e.g. into Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific).

On the whole there appears to be no clear cut definition of "Asia Pacific" and the regions included change as per the context.

Though imprecise, the term has become popular since the late 1980s in commerce, finance and politics.[citation needed] In fact, despite the heterogeneity of the regions' economies, most individual nations within the zone are emerging markets experiencing rapid growth. (Compare the concept/acronym APEJ or APeJ - Asia-Pacific excluding Japan.[1])

Component areas[edit]

The Asia-Pacific region generally includes:[citation needed]

Main countries and territories data[edit]

Country / territory Area
(km²)
Population Pop. density
(/km²)
GDP
millions of USD (2009)
GDP per capita
USD (2009-2011)
Capital
 American Samoa 199 55,519 326 537 7,874 Pago Pago
 Australia 7,617,930 23,154,782 3 1,515,468 41,500 Canberra
 Brunei 5,765 407,000 70 14,700 36,700 Bandar Seri Begawan
 Cambodia 181,035 14,805,000 82 10,900 800 Phnom Penh
 China 9,671,018 1,339,530,000 138 7,203,784 6,076 Beijing
 Hong Kong 1,104 7,055,071 6,390 210,730 30,000 Hong Kong
 Indonesia 1,904,569 237,556,363 126 514,900 3,500 Jakarta
 Japan 377,944 127,470,000 337 5,870,357 39,700 Tokyo
 North Korea 120,540 23,906,000 198 27,820 1,200 Pyongyang
 South Korea 100,140 50,062,000 500 800,300 20,000 Seoul
 Laos 236,800 6,320,000 27 5,721 900 Vientiane
 Macau 29 541,200 18,662 36,428 39,800 Macau
 Malaysia 329,847 30,185,787 86 191,399 7,525 Kuala Lumpur
 Mongolia 1,564,116 2,736,800 2 4,212 1,500 Ulan Bator
 Burma 676,578 50,496,000 74 26,820 500 Naypyidaw
 New Zealand 268,021 4,357,437 16 109,600 25,500 Wellington
 Papua New Guinea 462,840 6,732,000 15 8,200 1,200 Port Moresby
 Philippines 299,764 99,897,300 307 158,700 1,700 Manila
 Singapore 710 5,183,700 7,023 177,133 35,500 City of Singapore
 Taiwan 36,191 23,119,772 639 466,054 20,328 Taipei
 Thailand 513,120 67,764,000 132 263,510 3,900 Bangkok
 Timor-Leste 14,874 1,171,000 76 599 500 Dili
 Vietnam 331,210 88,069,000 265 123,600 1,100 Hanoi

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References[edit]

  1. ^ See for example Pan, Hui, ed. (October 2004). "Vonage and Cisco to sell phone equipment". VoIP Monthly Newsletter (Information Gatekeepers Inc) 2 (10): 3. Retrieved 2011-12-15. "APEJ (Asia-Pacific Excluding Japan) and EEMEA (Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa) will grow their combined share of this figure from 17 percent to 22 percent during the same period, as North America's share adjusts from 53 percent to 46 percent." 

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