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Regions of central eastern Asia

East Asia is the eastern subregion of Asia, which can be defined in either geographical or ethno-cultural terms. Culturally, China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam are commonly seen as being encompassed by cultural East Asia (East Asian cultural sphere). Geographically and geopolitically, the region constitutes China, Hong Kong, Macau, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan.

Geographical type: Region

Area: 11,839,074 km²

Featured Places

  • China - Territory in eastern Asia, ruled since 1949 by the Zhōnghuá Rénmín Gònghéguó
  • Hong Kong - Territory in southeast China, formerly a British Crown colony, ruled since 1997 as a Special Administrative Region of China

Notable Places

  • Japan - Archipelago off the northeast coast of Asia, ruled since 1947 by the Nippon-koku
  • 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
  • Mongolia - Territory in east central Asia, ruled since 1992 by the Mongol uls
  • Taiwan - Island off the southeast coast of China, ruled since 1949 by the Zhōnghuá Mínguó


Searching for America's Next Enemy, by Doug Bandow, Mises Daily, 17 Jul 2006
Discusses attempts by some U.S. conservatives to find a new enemy nation and focuses on China as a "threat"
In the case of China, the "threat" is primarily a threat to the American empire, not the American republic. The basic issue is Washington's predominance in East Asia. The ultimate threat, in the view of analyst Ross Munro, is that Beijing's "grand strategy is to dominate Asia. And that puts the United States and China on a collision course." But America is not alone. India also is a rising power, Russia maintains a sizable nuclear deterrent, Japan fields a capable military, South Korea is growing in influence, Australia is a regional leader, the ASEAN states are developing new cooperative ties, and more.
Related Topics: China, Militarism

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "East Asia" as of 30 Oct 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.