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Far East

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Far East is a Eurocentric term often used for East Asia and Southeast Asia combined, sometimes including also the easternmost territories of Russia, i.e., Russian Far East, and the western Pacific Ocean region.

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Far East (in contrast to Middle East) refers to countries/territories of East Asia e.g. China, Japan, the two "Koreas", Hong Kong, Taiwan etc. However, Southeast Asia region is usually added to be considered as such Far East too, some Southeast Asian states are Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia. Hence Far East means East Asia (sometimes plus Southeast Asia). Nevertheless, the Far East is still a vague term with no definite boundaries. Sometimes it is defined as anywhere in Asia "more eastward" than India.

Many of the cities of the region designated as the Far East are amongst the most crowded and overpopulated in the world.

Far East seems to be a term coined and used more frequently by the British and other Europeans and had its origin since their colonial era in East Asia. It was seen as literally very "far" from a European point of view. The term Far East is often seen as a Eurocentric one nowadays.

Middle East (or West Asia) in contrast (at least the modern meaning of it) is used more frequently by the Americans.

See also

de:Ferner Osten fa:خاور دور he:המזרח הרחוק id:Timur Jauh ja:極東 nl:Verre Oosten

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