Asia-Pacific

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Map showing general definition of Asia-Pacific. Dark green refers to the core Asia-Pacific countries, light green refers to regions that may be included.

Asia-Pacific or Asia Pacific (abbreviated as APAC, Asia-Pac, AsPac, APJ, JAPA or JAPAC) is the part of the world in or near the Western Pacific Ocean. The region varies in area depending on which context, but it typically includes much of East Asia, South 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 Pacific island nations (Asia Pacific and Australian continent) - for example when dividing the world into large regions for commercial purposes (e.g. into the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific).[1] Despite being part of Asia, Western Asia is almost never included.

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. 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.[2])

Component areas[edit]

The Asia-Pacific region generally includes:

Asia[edit]

East Asia


North Asia

South Asia

Southeast Asia

Oceania[edit]

Australasia

Melanesia

Micronesia

Polynesia

Main countries and territories data[edit]

Country / Territory Area
(km²)
Population Pop. density
(/km²)
GDP
millions of USD (2017)
GDP per capita
USD (2017)[3]
Capital
 Australia 7,692,024 23,731,000 2.8 1,482,539 49,928 Canberra
 Bangladesh 147,570 156,594,962 1,033.5 205,715 1,359 Dhaka
 Bhutan 38,394 742,737 18.0 6,384 2,804 Thimphu
 British Indian Ocean Territory 54,400 3,000 58.3 - Diego Garcia
 Brunei 5,765 415,717 67.3 17,426 26,939 Bandar Seri Begawan
 Cambodia 181,035 15,205,539 81.8 16,899 1,270 Phnom Penh
 China 9,596,961 1,357,380,000 145 10,355,350 8,123 Beijing
 Fiji 18,274 909,389 46.4 8,330 5,153 Suva
 Hong Kong 1,104 7,234,800 6,544 292,677 43,681 Hong Kong
 India 3,287,263 1,324,171,354 398.8 2,690,000 1,939 New Delhi
 Indonesia 1,904,569 252,164,800 124.66 856,066 3,570 Jakarta
 Japan 377,944 126,434,964 337 4,769,804 38,894 Tokyo
 North Korea 120,540 24,895,000 198 27,820 583 Pyongyang
 South Korea 100,210 51,302,044 500 1,449,494 27,539 Seoul
 Laos 236,800 6,320,000 27 11,707 2,353 Vientiane
 Macau 29 541,200 18,662 36,428 73,187 Macau
 Malaysia 329,847 30,185,787 90 336,913 9,503 Kuala Lumpur
 Maldives 298 341,356 1,102.5 4,920 8,602 Malé
 Mongolia 1,564,116 2,736,800 2 11,725 3,686 Ulan Bator
 Myanmar 676,578 50,496,000 74 65,291 1,275 Naypyidaw
   Nepal 147,181 26,494,504 180 62,384 730 Kathmandu
 New Zealand 268,021 4,357,437 16 201,028 39,427 Wellington
 Pakistan 803,940 196,174,380 234.4 269,971 1,468 Islamabad
 Papua New Guinea 462,840 6,732,000 15 16,096 2,183 Port Moresby
 Philippines 343,448 106,792,000 307 289,686 2,951 Manila
 Singapore 710 5,183,700 7,023 307,085 52,961 Singapore
 Sri Lanka 65,610 20,277,597 323 233,637 3,835 Colombo
 Taiwan 36,191 23,119,772 639 505,452 31,900 Taipei
 Thailand 513,120 67,764,000 132 380,491 5,908 Bangkok
 Timor-Leste 14,874 1,171,000 76 4,510 1,162 Dili
 Vietnam 331,210 88,069,000 265 187,848 2,186 Hanoi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Member Economies - Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation. Apec.org. Retrieved on 2014-04-12.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "GDP per capita (current US$) | Data". data.worldbank.org. Retrieved 2018-07-19.

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