The Asia-Pacific region is embroiled in a full-fledged arms race with new programs being funded and alliances being forged.
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 2018 there are a total of 26countries included in this listing.