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By convention, the largest and most populous continent

Asia is Earth's largest and most populous continent, located primarily in the Eastern and Northern Hemispheres. It shares the continental landmass of Eurasia with the continent of Europe and the continental landmass of Afro-Eurasia with both Europe and Africa. Asia covers an area of 44,579,000 square kilometers, about 30% of Earth's total land area and 8.7% of the Earth's total surface area. The continent, which has long been home to the majority of the human population, was the site of many of the first civilizations. Asia is notable for not only its overall large size and population, but also dense and large settlements, as well as vast barely populated regions. Its 4.5 billion people constitute roughly 60% of the world's population.

  • Afghanistan - Territory in southwest central Asia, nominally ruled since 2004 by the Da Afġānistān Islāmī Jumhoryat
  • Arabian Peninsula - Large peninsula in southwest Asia, between the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf
  • Armenia - Territory in northwest Asia, ruled since 1991 by the Hayastani Hanrapetut'yun
  • Asia, Central - Region in the middle of the Asian continent east of the Caspian Sea
  • Asia, East - Regions of central eastern Asia
  • Asia, Southeast - Peninsular region in southeast Asia, formerly known as Indochina
  • Bahrain - Island in the Persian Gulf, ruled since 1971 by the Al Khalifa family
  • Bangladesh - Territory in southern Asia on the Bay of Bengal, ruled since 1971 by the Gônoprojatontri Bangladesh
  • Bhutan - Territory in central Asia, ruled since 2008 by the Kingdom of Bhutan
  • Brunei - Territory in the island of Borneo in southeast Asia, ruled since 1984 by the Negara Brunei Darussalam
  • Cambodia - Territory in southeast Asia, ruled since 1993 by the Preăh Réachéanachâk Kâmpŭchéa
  • Caucasus - Region of Asia between the Black and the Caspian seas
  • China - Territory in eastern Asia, ruled since 1949 by the Zhōnghuá Rénmín Gònghéguó
  • Cyprus - Island in the eastern Mediterranean, the largest portion of which is ruled since 1960 by the Republic of Cyprus
  • Georgia - Territory in northwest Asia, ruled since 1991 by the Sakartvelo
  • India - Territory in southern Asia, ruled since 1947 by the Bhārat Gaṇarājya
  • Indian subcontinent - Large region in southern Asia, subsumes the Indian tectonic plate
  • Indonesia - Territory in southeast Asia, ruled since 1959 by the Republik Indonesia
  • Iran - Territory in southwest Asia, ruled since 1979 by the Jomhuri ye Eslāmi ye Irān
  • Iraq - Territory in southwest Asia, ruled since 2005 by the Jumhūriyyat Al-‘Irāq
  • Israel - Territory in southwest Asia, ruled since 1948 by the Medīnat Yisrā'el
  • Japan - Archipelago off the northeast coast of Asia, ruled since 1947 by the Nippon-koku
  • Jordan - Territory in southwest Asia, ruled since 1949 by the Al-Mamlaka al-Urdunniyya al-Hāshimiyya
  • Kazakhstan - Territory in west central Asia, ruled since 1991 by the Qazaqstan Respublïkası
  • Korea, North - Territory in northeast Asia, nominally ruled since 1948 by the Chosŏn Minjujuŭi Inmin Konghwaguk
  • Korea, South - Territory in northeast Asia, ruled since 1948 by the Daehanminguk
  • Kuwait - Territory in the northeast Arabian Peninsula, ruled since 1961 by the Dawlat al-Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan - Territory in west central Asia, ruled since 1991 by the Kyrgyz Respublikasy
  • Laos - Territory in southeast Asia, ruled since 1975 by the Sathalanalat Paxathipatai Paxaxon Lao
  • Lebanon - Territory in southwest Asia, ruled since 1946 by the al-Jumhūrīyah al-Lubnānīyah
  • Malay Archipelago - Group of islands in southeast Asia, between the Indian and Pacific oceans
  • Malaysia - Territory in southeast Asia, ruled since 1963 by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the Prime Minister of Malaysia
  • Middle East - The countries of southwestern Asia and, conventionally, Egypt
  • Mongolia - Territory in east central Asia, ruled since 1992 by the Mongol uls
  • Myanmar - Territory in southeast Asia, ruled since 1989 by the Pyidaunzu Thanmăda Myăma Nainngandaw
  • Nepal - Territory in south Asia, ruled since 2008 by the Sanghiya Loktāntrik Ganatantra Nepāl
  • Oman - Territory in the Arabian Peninsula, ruled since 1970 by the Salṭanat ʻUmān
  • Pakistan - Territory in southern Asia, ruled since 1956 by the Islāmī Jumhūriyah Pākistān[
  • Philippines - Archipelago in the western Pacific Ocean, ruled since 1946 by the Republika ng Pilipinas
  • Qatar - Territory in eastern Arabia, ruled since 1971 by the Al Thani family
  • Saudi Arabia - Territory in southwestern Asia, ruled since 1932 by the Āl Sa‘ūd family
  • Singapore - Islands in southeast Asia, ruled since 1965 by the Xīnjiāpō Gònghéguó/Republic of Singapore
  • Syria - Territory in southwest Asia, nominally ruled since 1961 by the al-Jumhūriyyah al-‘Arabīyah as-Sūriyyah
  • Taiwan - Island off the southeast coast of China, ruled since 1949 by the Zhōnghuá Mínguó
  • Thailand - Territory in southeast Asia, ruled since 1932 by the Ratcha Anachak Thai
  • Turkey - Territory in southwest Asia and southeast Europe, ruled since 1923 by the Türkiye Cumhuriyeti
  • United Arab Emirates - Territory in the eastern Arabian Peninsula, ruled since 1971 by the Dawlat al-Imārāt al-‘Arabīyah al-Muttaḥidah
  • Vietnam - Territory in southeast Asia, ruled since 1976 by the Cộng hòa xã hội chủ nghĩa Việt Nam
  • Yemen - Territory in the southern Arabian Peninsula, ruled since 1990 by the al-Jumhūrīyah al-Yamanīyah

Books

While You Slept: Our Tragedy in Asia and Who Made It
    by John T. Flynn, 1951
Partial contents: The Red Deluge - China's Two Wars - Two Great Designs - Architects of Disaster - The Road to Korea Open - The Great Whitewash - The Pool of Poison - The Hatchet Men - Left Thunder on the Right - The Press and Pink Propaganda

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Asia" as of 17 Sep 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.