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Military power of South Korea and China

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

Military expenditures

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

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

Land Forces

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

Air Forces

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

Navy

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

Military service

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.

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.