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East Asia is the eastern subregion of the Asian continent, which can be defined in either geographical[2] or ethno-cultural[3] terms. Geographically and geopolitically, it includes China (including Hong Kong and Macau), Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan; it covers about 12,000,000 km2 (4,600,000 sq mi), or about 28% of the Asian continent. GDP(PPP) of East Asia is 32.4 trillion while Nominal GDP is 19.1 trillion USD.

East Asia
Location of East Asia
States
Dependencies
Major cities
Area[note 1]
 • Total 11,839,074 km2 (4,571,092 sq mi)
Population (2016)[note 2]
 • Total 1,641,908,531
 • Density 140/km2 (360/sq mi)
Languages and language families
East Asia
Chinese name
Simplified Chinese 东亚/东亚细亚
Traditional Chinese 東亞/東亞細亞
Tibetan name
Tibetan ཨེ་ཤ་ཡ་ཤར་མ་
Vietnamese name
Vietnamese alphabet Đông Á
Korean name
Hangul 동아시아/동아세아/동아
Hanja 東아시아/東亞細亞/東亞
Mongolian name
Mongolian Зүүн Ази (Dzuun Azi)
ᠵᠡᠭᠦᠨ ᠠᠽᠢ
Japanese name
Kanji 東亜細亜(東アジア)/東亜
Kana ひがしアジア/とうあ
Kyūjitai 東亞細亞/東亞
Uyghur name
Uyghur
شەرقىي ئاسىي
Russian name
Russian Восточная Азия
Romanization Vostochnaja Azija

The East Asian people comprise around 1.6 billion people. About 38% of the population of Asia and 22%, or over one fifth, of all the people in the world live in East Asia. Although the coastal and riparian areas of the region form one of the world's most populated places, the population in Mongolia and Western China, both landlocked areas, is very sparsely distributed, with Mongolia having the lowest population density of a sovereign state. The overall population density of the region is 133 inhabitants per square kilometre (340/sq mi), about three times the world average of 45/km2 (120/sq mi).

Historically, societies in East Asia have been part of the Chinese cultural sphere, and East Asian vocabulary and scripts are often derived from Classical Chinese and Chinese script. Major religions include Buddhism (mostly Mahayana[4]), Confucianism or Neo-Confucianism, Taoism, Chinese folk religion in China and Taiwan, Shinto in Japan, Korean shamanism in Korea. Shamanism is also prevalent among Mongolians and other indigenous populations of northern East Asia such as Manchus, Ewenki,even large Han in this area.[5][6] Islam is popular in Northwest China and Kazaks in Mongolia.The Chinese calendar is the root from which many other East Asian calendars are derived.

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HistoryEdit

The Chinese Dynasties dominated this region culturally and militarily for a lengthy period of time. Cultural and religious exchange between the Chinese and other regional Dynasties and Kingdoms occurred.

As connections with the Western world strengthened, China's power began to diminish. Around the same time, Japan solidified itself as a nation state. During World War II, Korea, Taiwan, much of eastern China, Hong Kong, and Vietnam all fell under Japanese control. Following Japan's defeat in the war, the Korean peninsula became independent but then it was divided into two rival states, while Taiwan became the main territory of de facto state Republic of China after the latter lost mainland China to the People's Republic of China in the Chinese Civil War.

United Nations Statistics DivisionEdit

 
East Asia map of Köppen climate classification.
 
UNSD geoscheme for Asia based on statistic convenience rather than implying any assumption regarding political or other affiliation of countries or territories:[7]
  East Asia

The UNSD definition of East Asia is based on statistical convenience,[7] but also other common definitions of East Asia contain the entirety of China (including Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau) Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan.[2][8]

Culturally, China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam are commonly seen as being encompassed by cultural East Asia (East Asian cultural sphere).[3][9][10][11]

Alternative definitionsEdit

There are mixed debates around the world whether these countries or regions should be considered in East Asia or not.

In business and economics, "East Asia" is sometimes used to refer to a wide geographical area covering ten Southeast Asian countries in ASEAN, People's Republic of China, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea. However, in this context, the term "Far East" is often more appropriate which covers ASEAN countries and the countries in East Asia. However, being a Eurocentric term, Far East describes the region's geographical position in relation to Europe rather than its location within Asia. Alternatively, the term "Asia Pacific Region" is often used in describing East Asia, Southeast Asia as well as Oceania.

Observers preferring a broader definition of "East Asia" often use the term Northeast Asia to refer to the greater China area, Taiwan, the Korean Peninsula, and Japan, with Southeast Asia covering the ten ASEAN countries. This usage, which is seen in economic and diplomatic discussions, is at odds with the historical meanings of both "East Asia" and "Northeast Asia".[12][13][14] The Council on Foreign Relations defines Northeast Asia as Japan and Korea.[15]

EconomyEdit

The economy of East Asia is one of the most developed and high-tech economies of the world, being home to some of the world's largest, most technologically advanced, productive and most prosperous economies such as the industrialized developed countries of South Korea, Taiwan, and Japan. Major positive factors have ranged from favorable political-legal environments for industry and commerce, through abundant natural resources of various kinds, to plentiful supplies of relatively low-cost, skilled and adaptable labor.[citation needed]

In modern high-technology dependent societies, a high level of structural differentiation, functional specialization, and autonomy of the economic system from an efficient government is a major contributor to industrial-commercial growth and prosperity. Currently in East Asia, trading systems are relatively open; and zero or low duties on imports of consumer and capital goods etc. have considerably helped stimulate cost-efficiency and change. Free and flexible labor and other markets are other important factors making for high levels of business-economic performance. East Asian populations have demonstrated highly positive work ethics. There are relatively large and fast-growing markets for consumer goods and services of all kinds.[citation needed]

State/Territory GDP nominal
billions of USD[16]
GDP nominal per capita
USD[16]
GDP PPP
billions of USD[16]
GDP PPP per capita
USD[16]
  China 17,100.063 12,117 28,920.974 20,493
  Hong Kong 405.781 53,813 525.547 69,695
  Macau 55.502 91,376 80.765 142,599
  Japan 4,746.880 38,174 5,512.220 44,329
  North Korea 25.000 1,000 40.000 1,800
  South Korea 1,898.763 36,749 2,408.301 46,611
  Mongolia 17.871 5,586 53.003 16,569
  Taiwan 650.902 27,350 1,413.195 59,381

Territory and region dataEdit

EtymologyEdit

Flag Common Name Official Name
Exonym Endonym Exonym Endonym
  China 中国 People's Republic of China 中华人民共和国
  Hong Kong 香港 Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
of the People's Republic of China
中華人民共和國香港特別行政區
  Macau 澳門 Macao Special Administrative Region
of the People's Republic of China
中華人民共和國澳門特別行政區
  Japan 日本 Japan 日本国
  North Korea 조선 Democratic People's Republic of Korea 조선민주주의인민공화국 (朝鮮民主主義人民共和國)
  South Korea 한국 Republic of Korea 대한민국 (大韓民國)
  Mongolia Монгол Улс Mongolia Монгол Улсᠮᠣᠩᠭᠤᠯ
ᠤᠯᠤᠰ
  Taiwan 臺灣 or 台灣 Republic of China 中華民國

DemographicsEdit

State/Territory Area km2 Population[17]
(2016)
Population density
per km2
HDI Capital
  China 9,640,011[18] 1,403,500,365 138 0.727 Beijing
  Hong Kong 1,104 7,302,843 6,390 0.912 Hong Kong
  Macau 30 612,167 18,662 0.892 Macau
  Japan 377,930 127,748,513 337 0.891 Tokyo
  North Korea 120,538 25,368,620 198 0.595 Pyongyang
  South Korea 100,210 50,791,919 500 0.898 Seoul
  Mongolia 1,564,100 3,027,398 2 0.698 Ulaanbaatar
  Taiwan 36,188 23,556,706 639 0.884 Taipei

Major ethnic groupsEdit

Ethnicity Race Native name Population Mother Tongues (No Second Language Listed) Native Writing languages Major states/territories* Appearance
Han/Chinese Mongoloid 汉人/漢人, 汉族/漢族 1,310,000,000[19] Mandarin, Cantonese, Shanghainese, Hokkien, Hakka, Gan, Hsiang Simplified Han characters, Traditional Han characters   (  )  
Yamato/Japanese Mongoloid 日本族/にほんぞく
大和民族/やまとみんぞく
125,117,000[20] Japanese Han characters (Kanji), Katakana, Hiragana  
Joseon/Korean Mongoloid 한민족/韓民族
조선족/朝鮮族
79,432,225[21] Korean Hangul, Han characters (Hanja)     
Mongols Mongoloid Монголчууд/ᠮᠣᠩᠭ᠋ᠣᠯᠴᠤᠳ
Монгол/ᠮᠣᠩᠭ᠋ᠣᠯ
8,942,528[22] Mongolian Mongol script, Cyrillic script   
Zhuang Mongoloid 壮族/Bouxcuengh 18,000,000[23] Zhuang, Cantonese, Southwestern Mandarin, etc. Simplified Han characters, Latin script  
Manchus Mongoloid 满族/ᠮᠠᠨᠵᡠ 10,422,873[24] Northeastern Mandarin, Manchurian (endangered), etc. Simplified Han characters, Mongol script  
Hui Mongoloid 回族/回回 10,586,087[25] Northwestern Mandarin, other Chinese Dialects,Huihui language etc. Simplified Han characters  
Uyghurs Caucasoid+Mongoloid ئۇيغۇر 10,069,346[26] Uyghur Arabic script,Latin script(auxiliary)[27]  [28]
Hmong Mongoloid Ghaob Xongb/Hmub/Mongb 9,426,007[29] Hmong, Southwestern Mandarin Latin script, Simplified Han characters  
Tibetans Mongoloid བོད་པ་ 6,500,000[30] Tibetan, Rgyal Rong, Rgu, etc. Tibetan script  
Baipho/Bai Mongoloid 白族 1,858,063[31] Bai, Southwestern Mandarin Latin script, Simplified Han characters  
LôLô/Yi Mongoloid ꆈꌠ/彝族 8,714,393[32] Various Loloish, Southwestern Mandarin Yi script, Simplified Han characters  
Tujia Mongoloid 土家族 8,353,912[33] Northern Tujia, Southern Tujia Simplified Han characters  
Kam Mongoloid Gaeml 2,879,974[34] Gaeml Latin script  
Tu Mongoloid 土族/Monguor 289,565 Tu, Northwestern Mandarin Simplified Han characters  
Daur Mongoloid 达斡尔族/ᠳᠠᠭᠤᠷ 131,992[35] Daur, Northeastern Mandarin Mongol script, Simplified Han characters   
Russians Caucasoid русские 15,393[36] Russian, Northwestern Mandarin Cyrillic script, Simplified Han characters  
Mountain Tajiks Caucasoid تاجيک 3,556[37] Sarikoli, Wakhi Arabic script  
Austronesian Mongoloid Pangcah, etc. 533,600 Austronesian languages (Amis, Yami), etc. Latin script, Traditional Han characters  

*Note: The order of states/territories follows the population ranking of each ethnicity, within East Asia only.

CultureEdit

OverviewEdit

The culture of East Asia has been influenced by the civilisation of China. East Asia, as well as Vietnam, share a Confucian ethical philosophy, Buddhism, political and legal structures, and historically a common writing system.[38] The relationship between China and East Asia has been compared to the historical influence of Greco-Roman civilisation on Europe.[38]

ReligionsEdit

Religion Native name Denomination Major book Type Est. Followers Major ethnicities Major states/territories
Taoism 道教 Zhengyi, Quanzhen Tao Te Ching Polytheism 303,320,000[39] Han, Zhuang, Hmong, Yao, Qiang, Tujia, Li  (  )    
Confucianism 儒教 Cheng-Zhu, Lu-Wang Analects Non-God 6,300,000[40] Han, Joseon, Yamato etc.  (  )      
Sino-Buddhism 漢傳佛教 or 汉传佛教 Mahayana, Hinayana Diamond Sutra Non-God 250,000,000[41] Han, Joseon, Yamato, Manchus etc.   (  )      
Tibetan Buddhism བོད་བརྒྱུད་ནང་བསྟན། Mahayana anuttarayoga Tantra Non-God 5,000,000[42] Tibetan, Manchus, Mongols, Han etc.   
Shamanism N/A N/A N/A Primitive 50,000[43] Tibetan, Manchus, Mongols, Oroqen, Han etc.   
Shinto 神道 N/A N/A Primitive 2,700,000[44] Yamato  
Islam إسلام Sunni, Shia Quran Henotheism 24,690,000[39] Hui, Tajik, Uyghurs, Kazakh, Dongxiang etc.   

FestivalsEdit

Festival Native Name Other name Calendar Date Gregorian date Activity Religious practices Food Major ethnicities Major states/territories
Chinese New Year 春節 or 春节 Spring Festival Chinese Month 1 Day 1 21 Jan–20 Feb Family Reunion, Ancestors Worship, Tomb Sweeping, Fireworks Worship the King of Gods Jiaozi Han, Joseon, Manchus etc.  (  )        
New Year 元旦 Yuan Dan Gregorian 1 Jan 1 Jan Fireworks N/A N/A N/A  (  )          
Losar or Tsagaan Sar ལོ་གསར་ or Цагаан сар White Moon Tibetan, Mongolian Month 1 Day 1 25 Jan–2 Mar Family Reunion, Ancestors Worship, Tomb Sweeping, Fireworks N/A Chhaang or Buuz Tibetans, Mongols, Tu etc.   
Lantern Festival 元宵節 or 元宵节 Upper Yuan Festival Chinese Month 1 Day 15 4 Feb–6 Mar Lanterns Expo, Ancestors Worship, Tomb Sweeping Birthdate of the God of Sky-officer Yuanxiao Han, Joseon, Yamato  (  )        *
Qingming Festival 清明節 or 清明节 Tomb Sweeping Day Solar 15th day since March equinox 4 Apr–6 April Ancestors Worship, Tomb Sweeping Burning Hell money Cold Food Han, Joseon, Mongols  (  )      
Dragon Boat Festival 端午節 or 端午节 Duanwu Festival Chinese Month 5 Day 5 Driving poisons & plague away, Dragon Boat Race, Wearing colored lines, Hanging felon herb on the front door. Worship various Gods Zongzi Han, Joseon, Yamato  (  )        *
Ghost Festival 中元節 or 中元节 Mid Yuan Festival Chinese Month 7 Day 15 Ancestors Worship, Tomb Sweeping Birthdate of the God of Earth-officer Han, Joseon, Yamato  (  )        *
Mid-Autumn Festival 中秋節 or 中秋节 中秋祭 Chinese Month 8 Day 15 Family Reunion, Enjoying Moon view Worship the Moon Goddess Mooncake Han, Joseon, Yamato  (  )        *
Double Ninth Festival 重陽節 or 重阳节 Double Negative Festival Chinese Month 9 Day 09 Climbing Mountain, Taking care of elderly, Wearing Cornus. Worship various Gods Han, Joseon, Yamato  (  )        *
Lower Yuan Festival 下元節 or 下元节 N/A Chinese Month 10 Day 15 Ancestors Worship, Tomb Sweeping Birthdate of the God of Water-officer Ciba Han  (  )      
Dec 23 Festival 小年 Small New Year Chinese Month 12 Day 23 Cleaning Houses Worship the God of Hearth tanggua Han, Mongols  (  )    
International Labor Day N/A N/A Gregorian 1 May 1 May N/A N/A N/A N/A  (  )    
International Women's Day N/A N/A Gregorian 8 Mar 8 Mar Taking care of women N/A N/A N/A  (  )      

*Japan switched the date to the Gregorian calendar after the Meiji Restoration.

*Not always on that Gregorian date, sometimes April 4.

CollaborationEdit

East Asian Youth GamesEdit

Formerly the East Asian Games is a multi-sport event organised by the East Asian Games Association (EAGA) and held every four years since 2019 among athletes from East Asian countries and territories of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), as well as the Pacific island of Guam, which is a member of the Oceania National Olympic Committees.

The East Asian Games is 1 of 5 Regional Games of the OCA. The others are the East Asian Games, the Central Asian Games, the South Asian Games, theSoutheast Asian Games (SEA Games), and the West Asian Games. All nigh East Asian States/Territories join this Game.[45]

Free trade agreementsEdit

Name of agreement Parties Leaders at the time Negotiation begins Signing date Starting time Current status
China–South Korea FTA     Xi Jinping, Park Geun-hye May, 2012 Jun 01, 2015 Dec 30, 2015 Enforced
China–Japan–South Korea FTA       Xi Jinping, Shinzō Abe, Park Geun-hye Mar 26, 2013 N/A N/A 10 round negotiation
Japan-Mongolia EPA     Shinzō Abe, Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj - Feb 10, 2015 - Enforced
China-Mongolia FTA     Xi Jinping, Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj N/A N/A N/A Officially proposed
Mainland-HK CEPA     Jiang Zemin, Tung Chee-hwa - Jun 29, 2003 - Enforced
Mainland-Macau CEPA     Jiang Zemin, Edmund Ho Hau-wah - Oct 18, 2003 - Enforced
Hong Kong-Macau CEPA     Carrie Lam, Fernando Chui Oct 09, 2015 N/A N/A Negotiating
ECFA     Hu Jintao, Ma Ying-jeou Jan 26, 2010 Jun 29, 2010 Aug 17, 2010 Enforced
CSSTA (Based on ECFA)     Xi Jinping, Ma Ying-jeou Mar, 2011 Jun 21, 2013 N/A Abolished
CSGTA (Based on ECFA)     Hu Jintao, Ma Ying-jeou Feb 22, 2011 N/A N/A Suspended

Military alliancesEdit

Name Abbr. Parties within the region
Shanghai Cooperation Organisation SCO  (  )
General Security of Military Information Agreement GSOMIA   
Sino-North Korean Mutual Aid and Cooperation Friendship Treaty -  (  )  
Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the United States and Japan -  (  )  
Mutual Defense Treaty Between the United States and the Republic of Korea -  (  )  
Taiwan Relations Act TRA  (  )  

Major cities and townsEdit

Pass of the ISS over Mongolia, looking out west towards the Pacific Ocean, China, and Japan. As the video progresses, you can see major cities along the coast and the Japanese islands on the Philippine Sea. The island of Guam can be seen further down the pass into the Philippine Sea, and the pass ends just to the east of New Zealand. A lightning storm can be seen as light pulses near the end of the video.

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ The area figure is based on the combined areas of China (including Hong Kong and Macau), Mongolia, North Korea & South Korea, Taiwan and Japan as listed at List of countries and outlying territories by total area.
  2. ^ The population figure is the combined populations of China (including Hong Kong and Macau), Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, Japan and Republic of China (Taiwan) as listed at the 2017 revision of the World Population Prospects

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