Charting the most influential countries in Asia, plus a look at the countries that punch above their weight class, in terms of power and influence.
There are many factors which come together to determine the level of a country's real-world power. What is Taiwan's status in terms of resource.
The economy of Asia comprises more than 4.5 billion people (60% of the world population) East Asian and Southeast Asian countries generally rely on manufacturing and trade (and then gradually .. China's influence in the global economy is a force to be reckoned with, and, as more and more Chinese citizens are.
China - if you were to believe that the islands they claim in the South China Sea are rightfully theirs, then they would definitely be a Southeast Asian country.