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Military power of North Korea and China

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

Military expenditures

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

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

Land Forces

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

Air Forces

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

Navy

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

Military service

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.

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.