- the coastal regions bordering the Pacific Ocean
- the countries of these regions, esp. with respect to their trade relations, political alliances, etc. with each other
pacific rim - Investment & Finance Definition
A region comprised of countries that border the Pacific Ocean. Pacific Rim countries include Australia, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Although Japan is in the same region, its size as the world’s second largest economy usually prevents it from being included in the group when talking about economic fundamentals or characteristics of the region. Instead, Japan is cited on a standalone basis and compared with the United States or Europe.