The APAC region comprises a collection of countries located in or near the Western Pacific Ocean.
What does APAC stand for? APAC stands for Asia-Pacific (A-sia PAC-ific). This region is also known as Asia-Pac or AsPac. The term grew in popularity in the 1980s when used to discuss commerce, politics, and finance. Additionally, APAC is also known (and less commonly referred to) as the APJ region, which also stands for the Asia Pacific Japan region.
Because there is no clear definition of the Asia Pacific region, the region varies by context. However, it is generally used to describe countries throughout East and South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Oceania.
In some cases, APAC describes countries located in the Americas, which lie along the coast of the Eastern Pacific. It is also used to describe all countries in Asia and Australasia and the Pacific island nations.
By area, China is the largest country in the region, followed by Australia, India, Indonesia, and Mongolia. The smallest country by area is Macau. The APAC region is home to some of the most populous countries. China is the most populous in the Asia-Pacific region and the world, with about 1.44 billion people. India follows closely behind, with 1.38 billion. The third-most populous country in the region and the fourth-most populous in the world is Indonesia, with over 273.5 million people. The smallest by population is the British Indian Ocean Territory, which has just 3,000 people.