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Military power of China and South Korea

Country: China South Korea
Capital: Beijing Seoul
Population: 1 373 541 278 51 446 201
Area: 9 596 961 km2 100 210 km2
Nuclear weapons: 260 warheads 0 warheads
More: China military forces description South Korea military forces description

Military expenditures

Military budget: 215 billion $ 36,8 billion $
Percent of GDP: 1,9% 2,7%
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Manpower

Active personnel: 2 300 000 625 000
Reserve personnel: 510 000 3 100 000
Available for military: 385 821 101 13 185 794

Land Forces

Tanks: 9 150 2 446×See current equipment
Armoured fighting vehicles: 4 788 3 290
Total artillery: 9 726 5 958
Self-propelled artillery: 1 710 1 890
Rocket artillery: 1 770 214

Air Forces

Total aircraft: 3 729 1 526
Fighter aircraft: 1 199 151
Multirole aircraf: 567 265
Attack aircraft: 300 0
Helicopters: 1 627 786

Navy

Total naval: 749 151
Aircraftcarriers: 1 1
Destroyers: 32 12
Frigates: 51 13
Corvettes: 32 16
Submarines: 73 15

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.

South Korea

20-30 years of age for compulsory military service, with middle school education required; minimum conscript service obligation - 21 months (Army, Marines), 23 months (Navy), 24 months (Air Force); 18-26 years of age for voluntary military service; women, in service since 1950, admitted to 7 service branches, including infantry, but excluded from artillery, armor, anti-air, and chaplaincy corps; HIV-positive individuals are exempt from military service.