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Military power of China and Australia

Country: China Australia
Capital: Beijing Canberra
Population: 1 373 541 278 24 399 300
Area: 9 596 961 km2 7 692 024 km2
Nuclear weapons: 260 warheads 0 warheads
More: China military forces description Australia military forces description

Military expenditures

Military budget: 215 billion $ 25 billion $
Percent of GDP: 1,9% 1,88%
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Manpower

Active personnel: 2 300 000 58 061
Reserve personnel: 510 000 19 338
Available for military: 385 821 101 5 316 464

Land Forces

Tanks: 9 150 59×See current equipment
Armoured fighting vehicles: 4 788 2 580
Total artillery: 9 726 235
Self-propelled artillery: 1 710 0
Rocket artillery: 1 770 0

Air Forces

Total aircraft: 3 729 450
Fighter aircraft: 1 199 0
Multirole aircraf: 567 97
Attack aircraft: 300 0
Helicopters: 1 627 187

Navy

Total naval: 749 49
Aircraftcarriers: 1 2
Destroyers: 32 0
Frigates: 51 11
Corvettes: 32 0
Submarines: 73 6

Military service

China

18-24 years of age for selective compulsory military service, with a 2-year service obligation; no minimum age for voluntary service (all officers are volunteers); 18-19 years of age for women high school graduates who meet requirements for specific military jobs; a recent military decision allows women in combat roles.

Australia

17 years of age for voluntary military service (with parental consent); no conscription; women allowed to serve in most combat roles, except the Army special forces.