Economies of East Asian countries have experienced rapid economic growth over the past century. With about 1.2 billion people, China is the world's most populous country of the region. Vulnerable to political unrest, the region has witnessed violence toward Tibetan independence organizations as well as ongoing strained relations between between North and South Korea.
The regions of Asia vary according to geographic literature and organization. The United Nations geoscheme for Asia has been subdivided by the Statistics Divison:
Syrian Arab Republic
United Arab Emirates
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