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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.


United States
1
PwrIndx: 0.0615
Russia
2
PwrIndx: 0.0639
China
3
PwrIndx: 0.0673
India
4
PwrIndx: 0.1065
Japan
5
PwrIndx: 0.1707
South Korea
6
PwrIndx: 0.1761
Indonesia
7
PwrIndx: 0.2804
Pakistan
8
PwrIndx: 0.3087
North Korea
9
PwrIndx: 0.3274
Australia
10
PwrIndx: 0.3277
Canada
11
PwrIndx: 0.3941
Vietnam
12
PwrIndx: 0.3988
Thailand
13
PwrIndx: 0.4302
Myanmar
14
PwrIndx: 0.6162
Malaysia
15
PwrIndx: 0.6523
Peru
16
PwrIndx: 0.6841
Bangladesh
17
PwrIndx: 0.7156
Chile
18
PwrIndx: 0.8054
Singapore
19
PwrIndx: 0.8161
Philippines
20
PwrIndx: 0.8862
New Zealand
21
PwrIndx: 1.5184
Mongolia
22
PwrIndx: 1.5447
Sri Lanka
23
PwrIndx: 1.5687
Cambodia
24
PwrIndx: 1.8765
Nepal
25
PwrIndx: 2.3472
Laos
26
PwrIndx: 2.7113