East Asia is a sub-region in Asian continent. The geographical delimitation of East
Asia is controversial. There are various concepts for this.
Large model and
- The “small” model includes that part of Asia that is under the influence
of the extra-tropical monsoons. These include the present-day states and
territories of Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, North Korea, the Republic of China,
South Korea and the People's Republic of China (occasionally except for
Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia and Tibet). Vietnam is geographically included in
Southeast Asia, but culturally belongs to East Asia.
- The “large” model differentiates between Northeast Asia, including
Mongolia, and the Pacific coastal area of Russia east of the Amur, and
Southeast Asia. In general, the term is now used to refer to the “small”
model, which can also be defined in cultural and historical terms as that
part of Asia that was shaped by Chinese culture (especially Chinese
characters, chopsticks, Daoism, Confucianism, Mahayana Buddhism).
In general, the term is used today to refer to the “small” model, which can
also be defined in cultural and historical terms as that part of Asia that was
shaped by Chinese culture (especially Chinese characters, Daoism, Confucianism,
Buddhism of the Mahayana direction, chopsticks).
The numerically largest peoples in East Asia are Han Chinese, Japanese,
Koreans and Vietnamese.
Northeast Asia as a broad term
Northeast Asia in the broader sense includes North Asia and East Asia, i.e.
the entire Asian part of Russia (Siberia and the Far East) and Mongolia as well
as Japan, China, North Korea and South Korea.
In the narrower sense, only the actual northern East Asia is meant: Japan,
Korea, China (occasionally only north of the Great Wall) and the Far Eastern
part of Russia.
Map of East Asia
At the East Asia Summit (East Asia Summit, EAS) next to the East Asian and
Southeast Asian countries and are India, Australia and the United States
The East Asian Community (EAC) is a planned trade bloc that includes the
ASEAN Free Trade Area or the East Asia Summit (EAS).
The following states and territories are currently participating in the East
- China (People's Republic of China)
- Hong Kong
- North Korea
- South Korea
- Chinese Taipei (Republic of China)