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The Asia–Pacific and Middle East Region is a region that competes in the Little League World Series. Asian teams first competed in the LLWS in 1961, when Japanese teams competed in the original Little League World Series 1958-1961 (Pacific Region)">Pacific Region (which included Hawaii). In 1962, Japanese teams began competing in the newly created Little League World Series (Far East Region)">Far East Region.

In 2001, the Little League World Series was expanded to sixteen teams, and East Asia was split into two regions – the Pacific (consisting of teams from the Pacific Islands, Indonesia, and Oceania) and Asia (consisting of teams from mainland Asia). In 2007, the regions were reconfigured. Little League World Series in Japan">Japan was given its own automatic berth in the Series, while the remaining Asian teams merged with the Pacific teams to create the Asia-Pacific Region.

In 2003, the region was reorganized as the Asia-Pacific and Middle East Region. Australia, now the fourth-largest country and the largest outside North America in Little League participation, received its own LLWS region. All Middle Eastern countries with Little League programs, except for Israel and Turkey, were placed in the former Asia-Pacific Region. Previously, the Middle East had formed Little League World Series (Middle East-Africa Region)">a region with Africa, but that region was disbanded, with African teams joining the Europe and Africa Region (formerly Europe Region, which also includes Israel and Turkey).[1]

Asia–Pacific and Middle East Region Countries

Asia Region (2001–2006)

In 2001, the Little League World Series (Far East Region)">Far East Region split into the Asia and Pacific regions. The Asia Region comprised Little Leagues from mainland Asia.

Asia Regional Championship

The list below lists each country's participant in the Asia Region Tournament between 2001 and 2006. Each year's winner is indicated in green. Two teams from the Asia Region won the Little League World SeriesTokyo in 2001 and 2003.

Year China China Taiwan Taiwan (Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei) Hong Kong Hong Kong SAR, China Japan Japan South Korea South Korea Thailand Thailand
2001 No representative N/A
N/A
Hong Kong SAR, China
Kitasuna LL
Tokyo
N/A
South Korea
No representative
2002 No representative N/A
N/A
Hong Kong SAR, China
Sendai Higashi LL
Sendai
N/A
South Korea
No representative
2003 No representative N/A
Taiwan(Chinese Taipei)
N/A
Hong Kong SAR, China
Musashi-Fuchu LL
Tokyo
N/A
South Korea
No representative
2004 No representative Shou-Tien LL
Kaohsiung
Hong Kong LL
Hong Kong SAR, China
Sendai Higashi LL
Sendai
N/A
South Korea
No representative
2005 No representative N/A
Taiwan(Chinese Taipei)
N/A
Hong Kong SAR, China
Chiba City LL
Chiba City
N/A
South Korea
N/A
Thailand
2006 Huangpu LL
Guangzhou
Fong-Nien LL
Taitung City
Hong Kong LL
Causeway Bay
Kawaguchi LL
Kawaguchi City
N/A
South Korea
Sanuk LL
Chiang Mai

LLWS results

Year Champion City LLWS Record
2001 Kitasuna LL Japan Tokyo Champion 5–1
2002 Sendai Hagashi LL Japan Sendai Runner-Up 5–1
2003 Musashi-Fuchu LL Japan Tokyo Champion 6–0
2004 Shou-Tien LL Taiwan Kaohsiung Not in Top 4 2–2
2005 Chiba City LL Japan Chiba City Fourth place 4–2
2006 Kawaguchi City LL Japan Kawaguchi, Saitama Runner-Up 5–1

Pacific Region (2001–2006)

Not to be confused with the Little League World Series 1958-1961 (Pacific Region)">Pacific Region (1958–1961).

In 2001, the Little League World Series (Far East Region)">Far East Region split into the Asia and Pacific regions. The list below lists each country's participant in the Pacific Region Tournament between 2001 and 2006. Each year's winner is indicated in green. No team from the Pacific Region won the Little League World Series.

Pacific Regional Championship

Year Guam Guam Indonesia Indonesia New Zealand New Zealand Northern Mariana Islands Northern Mariana Islands Philippines Philippines
2001 Central LL
Agana
N/A
Indonesia
N/A
New Zealand
Saipan LL
Saipan
N/A
Philippines
2002 Central
Agana
N/A
Indonesia
N/A
New Zealand
Saipan ll
Saipan
N/A
Philippines
2003 Central LL
Agana
N/A
Indonesia
No representative Saipan LL
Saipan
N/A
Philippines
2004 Central East LL
Mangilao
Jakarta LL
Jakarta
No Representative Saipan LL
Northern Mariana Islands
N/A
Philippines
2005 Central East LL
Mangilao
N/A
Indonesia
N/A
New Zealand
Saipan LL
Northern Mariana Islands
N/A
Philippines
2006 Central East LL
Mangilao
Jakarta LL
Jakarta
Bayside Westhaven LL
Auckland
Saipan LL
Northern Mariana Islands
Illam Central LL
Makati City

LLWS results

Year Champion City LLWS Record
2001 Central LL Guam Agana Int'l Semifinal 3–1
2002 Central LL Guam Agana Int'l Semifinal 2–2
2003 Central LL Guam Agana Group Stage 0–3
2004 Saipan LL Northern Mariana Islands Saipan Group Stage 0–3
2005 Central East LL Guam Mangilao-Barrigada Int'l Semifinal 3–1
2006 Saipan LL Northern Mariana Islands Saipan Group Stage 0–3

Asia-Pacific Region (2007–2012)

In 2007, the Asia and Pacific regions were reconfigured again. Japan in the Little League World Series">Japan was given its own place in the LLWS and the remaining Asian and Pacific teams were merged into one region. No Asia-Pacific team has won the LLWS, although Kuei-Shan Little League of Chinese Taipei finished runner-up in 2009.

Asia-Pacific Regional Championship

The list below lists each country's participant in the Asia-Pacific Little League Region Tournament between 2007 and 2012. That year's winner is indicated in green.

Year AustraliaAustralia ChinaChina Taiwan Taiwan (Chinese Taipei) GuamGuam Hong Kong Hong Kong SAR, China"> Hong Kong SAR, China IndiaIndia IndonesiaIndonesia New ZealandNew Zealand Northern Mariana IslandsNorthern Mariana Islands PhilippinesPhilippines SingaporeSingapore South KoreaSouth Korea ThailandThailand VietnamVietnam
2007 No representative No representative Li-Shing LL
Taichung
Northern LL
Dededo
Hong Kong LL
Hong Kong
No representative Jakarta LL
Jakarta
Bayside Westhaven LL
Auckland
Saipan LL
Saipan
Illam Central LL
Makati City
No representative Nam Yang Ju Shi LL
Nam Yang Ju Shi
Sanuk LL
Chiang Mai
No representative
2008 Hills LL
Sydney
Guangzhou LL
Guangzhou
Tung Yuan LL
Wan-Hua
Southern LL
Yona
Hong Kong LL
Hong Kong
BB & SB Confederation of India LL
New Delhi
Jakarta LL
Jakarta
Bayside Westhaven LL
Auckland
Saipan LL
Saipan
Tanauan LL
Batangas[2]
No representative Gyeonggi LL
Gyeonggi-do
Sanuk LL
Chiang Mai
No representative
2009 Waverley LL
Victoria
No representative Kuei-Shan LL
Taoyuan City
Central LL
Agana
Hong Kong LL
Hong Kong
No representative Indonesian LL
Jakarta
Auckland Baseball Association LL
Auckland
Saipan LL
Saipan
Illam Central LL
Makati City[3]
Singapore LL
Singapore
Seoul LL
Seoul
Sanuk LL
Chiang Mai
No representative
2010 No representative No representative Fu-Hsing LL
Kaohsiung
Northern LL
Dededo
Hong Kong LL
Hong Kong
No representative Indonesian LL
Jakarta
N/A
New Zealand
No representative Illam Central LL
Makati City
Singapore LL
Singapore
Seoul LL
Seoul
Sanuk LL
Chiang Mai
Hanoi LL
Hanoi
2011 Southern Adelaide Districts LL
Adelaide
No representative Ching-Tang LL
Kaohsiung
Central LL
Agana
Hong Kong LL
Hong Kong
No representative Indonesian LL
Jakarta
Bayside Westhaven
Auckland
Saipan LL
Saipan
Illam Central LL
Makati City
Singapore LL
Singapore
N/A
South Korea
Sanuk LL
Chiang Mai
No representative
2012 Perth Metro North LL
Perth
No representative Kuei-Shan LL
Taoyuan City
Central LL
Agana
Hong Kong LL
Hong Kong
No representative Indonesian LL
Jakarta
Oakland
N/A
Saipan LL
Saipan
Illam Central LL
Makati City
No representative Busan LL
South Korea
Bangkok LL
Bangkok
No representative

LLWS results

Year Champion City LLWS Record
2007 Li-Shing LL Taiwan Taichung Int'l Semifinal 2–2
2008 Southern LL Guam Yona Group Stage 1–2
2009 Kuei-Shan LL Taiwan Taoyuan Runner-up 4–2
2010 Fu-Hsing LL Taiwan Kaohsiung Third place 4–1
2011 Ching-Tang LL Taiwan Kaohsiung Round 2 1–2
2012 Kuei-Shan LL Taiwan Taoyuan Round 2 1–2

Asia-Pacific and Middle East Region (2013–)

As noted above, this region was reconfigured in 2013, with the spin-off of Australia into its own LLWS region and the addition of Middle Eastern countries.

Year Champion City LLWS Record
2013 Chung-Ping LL Taiwan Taoyuan Round 3 2–2
2014 Seoul LL South Korea Seoul Champions 5–0
2015 Tung Yuan LL Taiwan Taipei Round 3 2–2
2016 East Seoul LL South Korea Seoul Runner-up 4–2
2017 Seoul West LL South Korea Seoul Round 2 1–2

LLWS results by country

The following table lists each Asia-Pacific country's record in the Little League World Series. Italics indicates team is no longer in the region. Table includes results for teams that qualified for either the East Asian, Pacific, Asia, or Asia-Pacific regional LLWS berth through the 2017 Little League World Series.

Country Region
Championships
LLWS
Championships
Record
in LLWS
PCT
Taiwan Taiwan 8 0 18–15 .545
Japan Japan 5 6 25–5 .833
Guam Guam 5 0 9–9 .500
South Korea South Korea 4 1 13–6 .684
Northern Mariana Islands Northern Mariana Islands 2 0 0–6 .000
Total 24 7 65–41 .613

See also

Asia-Pacific Region in other Little League divisions
Philippine Series

Notes

  1. ^ In 1949, the Republic of China government led by the Kuomintang (KMT) lost the Chinese Civil War to the Communist Party of China (CPC) and set up a provisional capital in Taipei, which serves as the seat of government to this day. The CPC established the People's Republic. As such, the political status of the ROC and the legal status of Taiwan (alongside the territories currently under ROC jurisdiction) are in dispute. In 1971, the United Nations gave the China and the United Nations"> China seat to the PRC instead of the ROC: most states recognize the PRC to be the China policy">sole legitimate representative of all China, and the UN classifies Taiwan as " Taiwan Province, People's Republic of China">Taiwan, Province of China". The ROC has de facto relations with most sovereign states. A significant political movement within Taiwan advocates Taiwan independence"> Taiwan independence. Due to PRC pressure, the ROC participates in the LLWS events under the name "Chinese Taipei" instead of its official name "Republic of China" or as "Taiwan".

References

  1. ^ "Regions Realigned for 2013: Australia to Play in Little League Baseball World Series" (Press release). Little League Baseball. August 29, 2012. Archived from the original on September 23, 2012. Retrieved September 17, 2012. 
  2. ^ See: 2008 Little League Philippine Series#Little League Baseball (11 to 12 Years Old).
  3. ^ See: 2009 Little League Philippine Series#Little League Baseball (11 to 12 Years Old).

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