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 small/medium/large 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

The Asia-Pacific region generally includes:


East Asia

North Asia

South Asia

Southeast Asia






Main countries and territories data

Country / Territory Area
Population Pop. density
millions of USD (2014)
GDP per capita
USD (2017)[3]
 Australia7,692,02423,731,0002.81,482,53949,928 Canberra
 Bangladesh147,570156,594,9621,033.5205,7151,359 Dhaka
 Bhutan38,394742,73718.06,3842,804 Thimphu
 British Indian Ocean Territory54,4003,00058.3- Diego Garcia
 Brunei5,765415,71767.317,42626,939 Bandar Seri Begawan
 Cambodia181,03515,205,53981.816,8991,270 Phnom Penh
 China9,596,9611,357,380,00014510,355,3508,123 Beijing
 Fiji18,274909,38946.48,3305,153 Suva
 Hong Kong1,1047,234,8006,544292,67743,681 Hong Kong
 India3,287,5901,210,193,422381.32,848,8111,709 New Delhi
 Indonesia1,904,569252,164,800124.66856,0663,570 Jakarta
 Japan377,944126,434,9643374,769,80438,894 Tokyo
 North Korea120,54024,895,00019827,820583 Pyongyang
 South Korea100,21051,302,0445001,449,49427,539 Seoul
 Laos236,8006,320,0002711,7072,353 Vientiane
 Macau29541,20018,66236,42873,187 Macau
 Malaysia329,84730,185,78790336,9139,503 Kuala Lumpur
 Maldives298341,3561,102.54,9208,602 Malé
 Mongolia1,564,1162,736,800211,7253,686 Ulan Bator
 Myanmar676,57850,496,0007465,2911,275 Naypyidaw
   Nepal147,18126,494,50418062,384730 Kathmandu
 New Zealand268,0214,357,43716201,02839,427 Wellington
 Pakistan803,940196,174,380234.4269,9711,468 Islamabad
 Papua New Guinea462,8406,732,0001516,0962,183 Port Moresby
 Philippines343,448106,409,000307289,6862,951 Manila
 Singapore7105,183,7007,023307,08552,961 Singapore
 Sri Lanka65,61020,277,597323233,6373,835 Colombo
 Taiwan36,19123,119,772639505,45231,900 Taipei
 Thailand513,12067,764,000132380,4915,908 Bangkok
 Timor-Leste14,8741,171,000764,5101,162 Dili
 Vietnam331,21088,069,000265187,8482,186 Hanoi

See also


  1. Member Economies - Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation. 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". Retrieved 2018-07-19.
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