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Military power of China and United Kingdom

Country: China United Kingdom
Capital: Beijing London
Population: 1 373 541 278 65 110 000
Area: 9 596 961 km2 242 495 km2
Nuclear weapons: 260 warheads 215 warheads
More: China military forces description United Kingdom military forces description

Military expenditures

Military budget: 215 billion $ 58,6 billion $
Percent of GDP: 1,9% 2%
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Manpower

Active personnel: 2 300 000 156 940
Reserve personnel: 510 000 75 110
Available for military: 385 821 101 14 856 917

Land Forces

Tanks: 9 150 407×See current equipment
Armoured fighting vehicles: 4 788 4 673
Total artillery: 9 726 532
Self-propelled artillery: 1 710 117
Rocket artillery: 1 770 50

Air Forces

Total aircraft: 3 729 886
Fighter aircraft: 1 199 141
Multirole aircraf: 567 89
Attack aircraft: 300 0
Helicopters: 1 627 386

Navy

Total naval: 749 76
Aircraftcarriers: 1 1
Destroyers: 32 6
Frigates: 51 13
Corvettes: 32 0
Submarines: 73 11

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.

United Kingdom

16-33 years of age (officers 17-28) for voluntary military service (with parental consent under 18); no conscription; women serve in military services, but are excluded from ground combat positions and some naval postings; must be citizen of the UK, Commonwealth, or Republic of Ireland; reservists serve a minimum of 3 years, to age 45 or 55; 17 years 6 months of age for voluntary military service by Nepalese citizens in the Brigade of Gurkhas; 16-34 years of age for voluntary military service by Papua New Guinean citizens.