For the fifth year running Asia-Pacific produced the most names on The Global 2000, with 733 firms. This year it also had the biggest net gain in companies of any region, with 32. It’s also the best-performing region in three out of the four metrics (sales, profits and assets) as well as the biggest in aggregate sales. Japan still has more companies (258) than any other Asia-Pacific country. China was second with 136, but they’re worth more: $2.8 trillion in aggregate market value. China was also this year’s top profit centre with $225 billion in profits. Among the biggest and most profitable companies on our list are Chinese banks, including Bank of China, China Construction Bank and ICBC. Korean companies registered impressive 30 percent gains in both sales and profits.