The Asia-Pacific region is made up of a collection of countries located in or near the Western Pacific Ocean. This region is also known as Asia-Pac, AsPac or simply APAC. The term grew in popularity in the 1980s when it was being used to discuss commerce, politicas and finance.
Because there is no clear definition of the Asia Pacific region, the region varies by context. Generally, though, it is a term used to describe countries throughout East and South Asia, Southeast Asia and Oceania.
In some cases, the term is used to describe countries located in the Americas which lie along the coast of the Eastern Pacific. At times, it is also used to describe all countries in Asia and Australasia and the Pacific island nations.
Typically, the term APAC countries is used to describe the region that includes the following nations in Asia:
- Bangladesh, Bhutan, British Indian Ocean Territory, Brunei
- Cambodia, China
- East Timor
- India, Indonesia
- Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar
- Nepal, North Korea
- Pakistan, Philippines
- Russian Far East
- Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka
- Taiwan, Thailand
In Oceania, APAC countries and regions include:
- American Samoa, Australia
- Cook Islands
- Easter Island
- Fiji, French Polynesia
- Marshall Islands, Micronesia
- Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Northern Mariana Islands
- Palau, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn Islands
- Samoa, Solomon Islands
- Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu
- Wake Island, Wallis and Futuna
By area, China is the largest country in the region, followed by Australia, India, Indonesia and Mongolia. The smallest by area is Macau. In terms of population, China is the most populous is the Asia-Pacific region was a population of over 1 billion people. India follows closely behind, also boasting a population of over 1 billion. The smallest by population is British Indian Ocean Territory, which has a population of just 3,000 people.