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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 2018 there are a total of 26 countries included in this listing.


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United States

PwrIndx: 0.0818, GFP Affiliations: North America; NATO; Apacific
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Russia

PwrIndx: 0.0841, GFP Affiliations: Apacific; EasternEuro; Asia
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China

PwrIndx: 0.0852, GFP Affiliations: Apacific; Asia
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India

PwrIndx: 0.1417, GFP Affiliations: Apacific; Asia
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South Korea

PwrIndx: 0.2001, GFP Affiliations: Apacific; Asia
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Japan

PwrIndx: 0.2107, GFP Affiliations: Apacific; Asia
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Indonesia

PwrIndx: 0.3266, GFP Affiliations: Apacific; Southeast; Asia
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Pakistan

PwrIndx: 0.3689, GFP Affiliations: Apacific; Asia
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North Korea

PwrIndx: 0.3876, GFP Affiliations: Apacific; Asia
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Vietnam

PwrIndx: 0.4098, GFP Affiliations: Apacific; Southeast; Asia
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Australia

PwrIndx: 0.4203, GFP Affiliations: Apacific
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Canada

PwrIndx: 0.4356, GFP Affiliations: North America; NATO; Apacific
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Thailand

PwrIndx: 0.4735, GFP Affiliations: Apacific; Southeast; Asia
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Myanmar

PwrIndx: 0.6648, GFP Affiliations: Apacific; Southeast; Asia
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Peru

PwrIndx: 0.7354, GFP Affiliations: South America; Apacific; Latin America
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Malaysia

PwrIndx: 0.7683, GFP Affiliations: Apacific; Southeast; Asia
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Philippines

PwrIndx: 0.8978, GFP Affiliations: Apacific; Southeast; Asia
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Bangladesh

PwrIndx: 0.9133, GFP Affiliations: Apacific; Asia
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Chile

PwrIndx: 0.9417, GFP Affiliations: South America; Latin America; Apacific
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Singapore

PwrIndx: 1.0873, GFP Affiliations: Apacific; Southeast; Asia
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Mongolia

PwrIndx: 1.6887, GFP Affiliations: Apacific; Asia
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Sri Lanka

PwrIndx: 1.7388, GFP Affiliations: Apacific; Asia
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New Zealand

PwrIndx: 1.7856, GFP Affiliations: Apacific
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Nepal

PwrIndx: 2.1669, GFP Affiliations: Apacific; Asia
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Cambodia

PwrIndx: 2.2182, GFP Affiliations: Apacific; Southeast; Asia
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Laos

PwrIndx: 2.6136, GFP Affiliations: Apacific; Southeast; Asia