around the Pacific, and Asia
(Note: not all countries are listed & the regional totals are approximate, and for comparitive purposes only. Source CIA Factbook)
This is an interesting exercise to put into perspective the relative importance of New Zealand and Australia in the Asian and Pacific region in which we live; and in which we build personal, cultural, political, trade, defence and diplomatic relationships. Or fail to build them.
It shows graphically how New Zealand and Australia can play the part of big brother bully in the South Pacific part of our region (excluding French controlled islands), but not so in the SE Asian part.
Note that Indonesia comprises more than 50% of the total population of the whole region.
Country Population Region New Zealand 3.81m Australia 18.00m Indonesia 216.00m Malaysia 21.38m Philippines 79.35m Singapore 3.53m Brunei 0.32m East Timor (est) 0.30m Thailand 60.61m Papua New Guinea 4.71m American Soamoa (USA) 0.06m Cook Islands 0.02m Fiji 0.81m French Polynesia (French) 0.24m Nauru 0.01m New Caledonia (French) 0.19m Niue 0.002m Norfolk Island (Australian) 0.002m Pitcairn (UK) (49) Samoa 0.46m Solomon Islands 0.46m Tokelau 0.01m Tonga 0.11m Tuvalu 0.01m Vanuatu 0.01m Wallis & Futuna (French) 0.02m SE Asia / South Pacific 400m Guam 0.15m Kiribati 0.08m Marshall Islands 0.06m Micronesia, Federated States 0.13m Northern Marianas 0.07m Palau 0.02m North Pacific 0.52m Cambodia 11.63m Laos 5.41m Cambodia / Laos 17m Taiwan 22.11m South Korea 46.88m North Korea 21.39m China 1,246.81m Japan 126.18m Vietnam 77.31m Mongolia 2.62m Pacific Asia 1550m Canada 31.00m USA 272.64m North America 304m Bolivia 7.98m Venezuala 23.20m Uruguay 3.30m El Salavadore 5.84m Ecuador 12.56m Dominican Rep 8.13m Columbia 39.30m Chile 14.97m Brazil 171.85m Peru 26.62m Cuba 11.10m Argentina 36.74m Mexico 100.25m Paraguay 5.43m Central & South America 500m Afghanistan 25.82m Pakistan 138.12m India 1000.85m Bangladesh 127.18m Burma 48.00m Sri Lanka 19.14m Central & South Asia 1360m