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Military power of Taiwan and China

Country: Taiwan China
Capital: Taipei Beijing
Population: 23 519 518 1 373 541 278
Area: 36 193 km2 9 596 961 km2
Nuclear weapons: 0 warheads 260 warheads
More: Taiwan military forces description China military forces description

Military expenditures

Military budget: 10,5 billion $ 215 billion $
Percent of GDP: 2,5% 1,9%
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Manpower

Active personnel: 290 000 2 300 000
Reserve personnel: 2 800 000 510 000
Available for military: 5 883 828 385 821 101

Land Forces

Tanks: 1 280 9 150×See current equipment
Armoured fighting vehicles: 2 050 4 788
Total artillery: 1 785 9 726
Self-propelled artillery: 510 1 710
Rocket artillery: 115 1 770

Air Forces

Total aircraft: 787 3 729
Fighter aircraft: 125 1 199
Multirole aircraf: 190 567
Attack aircraft: 0 300
Helicopters: 250 1 627

Navy

Total naval: 67 749
Aircraftcarriers: 0 1
Destroyers: 4 32
Frigates: 20 51
Corvettes: 0 32
Submarines: 4 73

Military service

Taiwan

Males 18-36 years of age may volunteer for military service or must complete 4 months of compulsory military training (or substitute civil service in some cases); women may enlist; women in Air Force service are restricted to noncombat roles; for men born before December 1993, compulsory service (military or civil) is 1 year; for 8 years after discharge, men are subject to training recall four times for periods not to exceed 20 days.

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.