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Military power of China and North Korea

Country: China North Korea
Capital: Beijing Pyongyang
Population: 1 373 541 278 24 895 000
Area: 9 596 961 km2 120 540 km2
Nuclear weapons: 260 warheads <10 warheads
More: China military forces description North Korea military forces description

Military expenditures

Military budget: 215 billion $ 15 billion $
Percent of GDP: 1,9% 20,8%
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Manpower

Active personnel: 2 300 000 1 190 000
Reserve personnel: 510 000 600 000
Available for military: 385 821 101 6 515 279

Land Forces

Tanks: 9 150 6 000×See current equipment
Armoured fighting vehicles: 4 788 4 000
Total artillery: 9 726 13 000
Self-propelled artillery: 1 710 4 500
Rocket artillery: 1 770 5 000

Air Forces

Total aircraft: 3 729 906
Fighter aircraft: 1 199 349
Multirole aircraf: 567 35
Attack aircraft: 300 154
Helicopters: 1 627 202

Navy

Total naval: 749 525
Aircraftcarriers: 1 0
Destroyers: 32 0
Frigates: 51 6
Corvettes: 32 6
Submarines: 73 75

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.

North Korea

18 is presumed to be the legal minimum age for compulsory military service; 16-17 is the presumed legal minimum age for voluntary service.