China’s Military Power

China has the world’s largest national population and is fast becoming an industrial powerhouse.

(Areas of distinct advantage are numbered in bold blue.)

Population: 1.4 Billion, of which 620,000 are both available and fit for service. China boast 2.3 million active frontline personnel and 2.3 million active reserve personnel.

Land Systems

  • Tanks: 9,150
    • Main Battle Tanks (MBTs)
    • Light Tanks
    • Tank Destroyers
  • Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFVs): 4,788
    • Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs)
    • Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs)
  • Self-propelled Guns (SPGs): 1,710
  • Towed Artillery: 6,246
  • Multiple-Launch Rocket Systems (MLRSs): 1,770

Air Power

2,942 total aircraft

  • Fixed Wing
    • Fighters/Interceptors: 1,230
    • Fixed-Wing Attack Aircraft: 1,385
    • Transport Aircraft: 782
    • Trainer Aircraft: 352
  • Rotary Wing
    • Helicopters: 802
    • Attack Helicopters: 200

Naval Power

714 total vessels

  • Aircraft Carriers: 1
  • Frigates: 48
  • Destroyers: 32
  • Corvettes: 26
  • Submarines: 68
  • Coastal Defense Craft: 138
  • Mine Warfare: 4

Resources

  • Oil Reserves: 24.7 billion barrels

Logistics

  • Labour Force: 804 million
  • Merchant Marine: 2,030
  • Major Ports and Terminals: 15
  • Roadway Coverage: 3.9 million
  • Railway Coverage: 86,000
  • Serviceable Airports: 507

Financial

  • Defense Budget: USD 156 Billion
  • External Debt: USD 950 Billion
  • Reserves of Foreign Exchange and Gold: USD 3.2 Trillion
  • Purchasing Power Parity: USD 18 Trillion

Geography

  • Land Area: 9.6 million sq. km
  • Coastline: 14,500 km
  • Shared Border: 22,457 km
  • Waterways: 110,000 km
  • Navigable Waterways:

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