This region, including China, is the most populous with 1.7 billionpeople. It stretches from Mongolia, across eastern Asia, to the island nationsof the Pacific. It spans the economies of highly industrialized nations tothe microstates of the South Pacific, with the attendant diversity of eyecare services. Following the regional launch of VISION 2020 in 1999, therehave been formal declarations of support for VISION 2020 in Australia, Cambodia,China, Cook Islands, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, andVietnam. Korea and Mongolia plan declarations this year. De facto supportfor VISION 2020 exists in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Solomon Islands,Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Western Samoa. Together, these 20 countries representthe majority (20/26) of states in the Western Pacific region. VISION 2020workshops have been held in nearly every country, and national plans are invarying stages of formation in most nations.