Who are the strongest countries in Asia ? Asia has become over the years the most important region of the World for the US but also for the entire West. Asia has about 60 percent of the world’s population with different historical traditions, cultures and religions. Three of the four most populated countries of the world are in Asia: China, India, and Indonesia. During the 20th century, the world economy’s center has gradually moved from North America to the Asia-Pacific. A huge number of U.S. corporations conduct business in Asia today. It’s therefore important to assess the strength of the countries in the region to understand global Geopolitics.
5/ Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Pakistani army possess a very good military training and high degree of professionalism, the largest Muslim military power in the world with over 700,000 active troops and the 5th largest in the world, very large and powerful army and air force decent navy. Its army is an experienced army that fought wars and skirmishes with neighbouring India. It is the only Muslim nuclear power. It also has a strong alliances with Turkey and the rest of Middle East Muslim countries especially with the Arab states. China, France, NATO and the US are also considered Pakistani allies despite their reluctant behavior to contribute more in the future to Pakistani Army. Pakistan is also the largest contributor to UN peacekeeping missions with over 10,000 soldiers. It is the second largest Muslim country and one of the largest in the world in terms of population with 180 million people.
4) Republic of India
One of the largest standing army in the world after China and US, second largest country in the world by population after China with over 1.75 billion people, also one of the largest countries in the world by area/land mass, and rapidly improving and powerful army, navy and air forces in the world, good military training, experienced military with wars over Pakistan and China, growing military weapons production and technology/industry, large military budget, etc. Indian Army should be stronger in 2017 with the help of the newly elected Trump and the Israeli High Tech military technology.
3) North Korea
The most militarized and combat ready army in the world, the 4th largest active army in the world, a very large and powerful army and air force decent navy, over 23 million population.
North Korea’s bloated armed forces outnumber those of its southern neighbour by a large margin. When it comes to soldiers and artillery pieces, North Korea enjoys a two-to-one advantage over its old enemy.Yet an abundance of soldiers carrying light arms does not translate into military dominance. North Korea’s armed forces might be immense, but their weapons and equipment are largely obsolete.On paper, the Stalinist state’s air force possesses 563 combat-capable aircraft; in reality, every one of these planes was grounded for a short period in 2014 thanks to problems with maintenance and serviceability. “North Korea remains reliant on a predominantly obsolescent equipment inventory across all three services,” is the verdict of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
2) People’s Republic of China
Largest standing army in the world as well as the largest country in the world with a population of over 1.3 billion. Equally large and powerful navy and air force.Good military training, improving navy and air force. Between 200-300 nukes making it between 3rd-5th largest nuclear arsenal in the world. Second highest military budget after US, growing economy and rapidly improving technology, self-sufficient in military production and huge military weapons technology, permanent member of the UN Security Council, most powerful Asian military. Trying to improve its technological gap by purchasing Israeli Military Technology.
1) The Russian Federation
One of the largest army in the world with over 1,000,000 troops. The largest nuclear arsenal in the world (one of the two most advanced nukes in the world, the other being US), largest country by area/land mass by far, one of the largest countries as well with a population of over 142 million people. The most powerful Eurasian country, very disciplined and professional military training, large and powerful navy . Powerful air force as well as seen with their military prowesses in Syria. One of the best military technologies and weapons producers in the world, stable and growing economy after the Soviet collapse in 1990. Permanent member of the UN Security Council, large military budget. Finally one of the most experienced militaries in the world that is currently engaged in Eastern Ukraine and sucessfully managed to invade Crimea and deter the Ukrainian Military Forces and NATO. Also engaged in Syria where their totally turned the tide in Assad’ favor by efficient military maneuvers. Russian greatest achievements in 2016 was the capture of Crimea and the Conquest of Aleppo in Syria.
The Factor X : Israel
Israeli Military is known for having one of the thoughest military training in the world. Israel possess an extremely experienced army that fought several wars with its neighbors. They posesses by Far the strongest air force in the entire Middle East. They are militarily self sufficient by having created their own military weapons industries. As a consequences this small but powerful country has become a military technology exporter. That could become a game changer for Asian countries. Israeli Military Industries are specialized in Radar technologies, combat and surveillance drones, tanks armors, space technology and other high tech technologies. This could clearly improve the ranking of the countries mentioned above if they can get Superior Israeli Military Technology. For the moment Israel is slowly but surely getting closer from India and China. Still Israel is constrained in its sales by the fear that its allies could sell its technology to Arab Countries , that are its ennemies but also have to consider if this will not endanger their special relationship with their great ally the US, especially if they intend to sell to China or Russia.