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 size 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 Australasian Continent) - 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. 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:

Southeast Asia

East Asia

Polynesia

Australia

Zealandia

Melanesia

Micronesia

South Asia

Main countries and territories data

Country / territory Area
(km²)
Population Pop. density
(/km²)
GDP
millions of USD (2014)
GDP per capita
USD (2009-2011)
Capital
Australia 7,692,024 23,731,000 2.8 1,482,539 41,500 Canberra
Bangladesh 147,570 156,594,962 1,033.5 205,715 1,096 Dhaka
Bhutan 38,394 742,737 18.0 6,384 8,196 Thimphu
British Indian Ocean Territory 54,400 3,000 58.3 - - Diego Garcia
Brunei 5,765 415,717 67.3 17,426 36,700 Bandar Seri Begawan
Cambodia 181,035 15,205,539 81.8 16,899 800 Phnom Penh
China 9,596,961 1,357,380,000 145 10,355,350 6,076 Beijing
Fiji 18,274 909,389 46.4 8.330 9,314 Suva
Hong Kong 1,104 7,234,800 6,544 292,677 30,000 Hong Kong
India 3,287,590 1,210,193,422 381.3 2,047,811 1,692 New Delhi
Indonesia 1,904,569 252,164,800 124.66 856,066 3,500 Jakarta
Japan 377,944 126,434,964 337 4,769,804 39,700 Tokyo
North Korea 120,540 24,895,000 198 27,820 1,200 Pyongyang
South Korea 100,210 51,302,044 500 1,449,494 20,000 Seoul
Laos 236,800 6,320,000 27 11,707 900 Vientiane
Macau 29 541,200 18,662 36,428 39,800 Macau
Malaysia 329,847 30,185,787 90 336,913 7,525 Kuala Lumpur
Maldives 298 341,356 1,102.5 4.920 14,383 Malé
Mongolia 1,564,116 2,736,800 2 11,725 1,500 Ulan Bator
Myanmar 676,578 50,496,000 74 65,291 500 Naypyidaw
Nepal 147,181 26,494,504 180 62,384 2,310 Kathmandu
New Zealand 268,021 4,357,437 16 201,028 25,500 Wellington
Pakistan 803,940 196,174,380 234.4 269,971 1,238 Islamabad
Papua New Guinea 462,840 6,732,000 15 16,096 1,200 Port Moresby
Philippines 300,000 104,947,000 307 289,686 1,700 Manila
Singapore 710 5,183,700 7,023 307,085 35,500 Singapore
Sri Lanka 65,610 20,277,597 323 233,637 11,069 Colombo
Taiwan 36,191 23,119,772 639 505,452 20,328 Taipei
Thailand 513,120 67,764,000 132 380,491 3,900 Bangkok
Timor-Leste 14,874 1,171,000 76 4,510 500 Dili
Vietnam 331,210 88,069,000 265 187,848 1,100 Hanoi

See also