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Asian-Pacific Powers Ranked by Military Strength

The Asia-Pacific region is embroiled in a full-fledged arms race with new programs being funded and alliances being forged.

Asian-Pacific Powers Ranked by Military Strength

The Asia-Pacific region is embroiled in a full-fledged arms race with new programs being funded and alliances being forged.

OVERVIEW



An arms race is well underway in Asia with China asserting its power through various means and its potential adversaries attempting to keep pace. The primary point of contention remains the resource-rich islands of the South China Sea which are claimed by many of the regional powers (including China, Japan, and Vietnam). Those nations whose borders touch the Pacific Theater are included in this listing.

The GFP list makes use of over 55 factors through an in-house formula. This is used to determine a given nation's Power Index ('PwrIndx') score and, from this, the final ranking is established. The many factors at play allow smaller, more technologically-advanced, nations to compete with larger, lesser-developed, ones. The PwrIndx score takes into account various bonuses and penalties for list refinement that, in the end, helps to present an unbiased look into the potential conventional military strength of a given world power.

For 2019 there are a total of 26 countries included in this listing.


1
United States
PwrIndx: 0.0615
2
Russia
PwrIndx: 0.0639
3
China
PwrIndx: 0.0673
4
India
PwrIndx: 0.1065
5
Japan
PwrIndx: 0.1707
6
South Korea
PwrIndx: 0.1761
7
Pakistan
PwrIndx: 0.2798
8
Indonesia
PwrIndx: 0.2804
9
North Korea
PwrIndx: 0.3274
10
Australia
PwrIndx: 0.3277
11
Canada
PwrIndx: 0.3941
12
Vietnam
PwrIndx: 0.3988
13
Thailand
PwrIndx: 0.4302
14
Myanmar
PwrIndx: 0.6162
15
Malaysia
PwrIndx: 0.6523
16
Peru
PwrIndx: 0.6841
17
Bangladesh
PwrIndx: 0.7156
18
Chile
PwrIndx: 0.8054
19
Singapore
PwrIndx: 0.8161
20
Philippines
PwrIndx: 0.8862
21
New Zealand
PwrIndx: 1.5184
22
Mongolia
PwrIndx: 1.5447
23
Sri Lanka
PwrIndx: 1.5687
24
Cambodia
PwrIndx: 1.8765
25
Nepal
PwrIndx: 2.3472
26
Laos
PwrIndx: 2.7113