Chinese Armed forces

China
Population
1 373 541 278
Military budget
228 billion $
Active personnel
2 300 000
Nuclear weapons
260 warheads
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Basic informations

Capital: Beijing
Area: 9 596 961 km2
Population: 1 373 541 278
Etnic groups: Han Chinese 91.6%, Zhuang 1.3%, other 7.1%
Religions: Buddhist 18.2%, Christian 5.1%, Muslim 1.8%, folk religion 21.9%, Hindu < .1%, Jewish < .1%, other 0.7% unaffiliated 52.2%

Military branches

(People's Liberation Army - 中国人民解放军 ) Ground Forces, Navy (PLAN; includes marines and naval aviation), Air Force (Zhongguo Renmin Jiefangjun Kongjun, PLAAF; includes Airborne Forces), and Second Artillery Corps (strategic missile force); People's Armed Police (Renmin Wuzhuang Jingcha Budui, PAP); PLA Reserve Force.

Military service

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.

Military expenditures

Military budget
228 billion $

(USA)

Percent of GDP
1,9

Manpower

Active personnel
2 300 000

(China)

Reserve
8 000 000

(China)

Available
385 821 101

(China)

Land Forces

Tanks
7 760

(Russia)

AFV
6 000

(USA)

Artillery
9 726

(Russia)

Self-propelled guns
1 710

(Russia)

Rocket artillery
1 770
Armoured fighting vehicles includes infantry fighting vehicles, tank destroyers, armoured personnel carriers, mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles(MRAP), amphibious and reconnaissance vehicles.
Total artillery includes towed, self-propelled gun(SPG) and rocket artillery.

Tanks

TypeNameNumber
-Type 88500
-Type 79300
-Type 69300
-Type 63800

AFVs

TypeNameNumber
-Type 891000
-Type 90-
-ZTD-05 (Type 05)-
-WZ-551 (ZSL92)900
-WZ-52360

Self-propelled artillery

TypeNameNumber
-Type 89-
-Type 07-
-Type 89-

Rocket artillery

TypeNameNumber
-SY400-
-SY300-
-WS-1-
-WS-2-
-WS-3-
-A-100 MRL-
-WM-80 MRL-
-WM-40 MRL-

Air Forces

Total aircraft
4 182

(USA)

Fighters
1 150

(China)

Multirole
629

(USA)

Attack
270

(Russia)

Helicopters
1 170

(USA)

Total aircraft - number of all military aircraft and helicopters in country. Includes training and cargo aircraft. Does not include drones.
Attack includes ground-attack and strategic bomber aircraft.

Fighter aircraft

TypeNameNumber
-Shenyang J-8143

Multirole aircraft

TypeNameNumber
-Shenyang J-1650
-Shenyang J-1521

Attack and bomber aircraft

TypeNameNumber
-Nanchang Q-5150

Helicopters

TypeNameNumber
-Changhe Z-1146
-Changhe Z-8/SA321114
-Kamov Ka-319
-Kamov Ka-2819
-AS332 Super Puma6
-Eurocopter AS35053
-Eurocopter EC120 Colibri93
-Mil Mi-264
-Aérospatiale Gazelle8
-Aérospatiale SA 321 Super Frelon15
-Changhe Z-185

Navy

Total naval
780

(China)

Aircraftcarriers
2

(USA)

Destroyers
36

(USA)

Frigates
54

(China)

Corvettes
42

(Russia)

Submarines
76

(China)

Total naval - number of all military ships in country. Includes auxiliaries.
Aircraft carriers includes helicopter carriers. Destroyers includes Battlecruisers and Cruisers.

Aircraftcarriers

TypeNameNumber
-Type 001A1

Destroyers

TypeNameNumber
-Type 051C2
-Type 052B2
-Type 0516
-Type 051B1
-Type 0522
-Type 0551

Frigates

TypeNameNumber
-Type 0542
-Type 053H2G1
-Type 05313

Corvettes

TypeNameNumber

Submarines

TypeNameNumber
-Type 0921
-Type 0951
-Type 0936
-Type 03913
-Kilo12
-Type 03517
-Type 0321

Nuclear weapons

The last of five nuclear-weapon states under the NPT, which at this moment possesses approximately 280 nuclear warheads in total. Nevertheless, the number of deployed bombs is unknown. The first test that occurred to be successful occurred in 1964. The main goal of Chinese was to build a deterrent against two major nuclear powers, namely The United States as well as The Soviet Union. The nation decided to choose dried lake for the nuclear site, Lop Nur. Although China developed and tested its first atomic device only in 1964, they managed to test their first hydrogen bomb only 32 months later. As a result, they can boast with the shortest period between developing fission and fusion technology.

China managed to conduct 45 tests of nuclear weapons. Still, the data regarding the stockpile of accumulated warheads is uncertain. The same thing concerns the number of deployed warheads. It is all due to the limited information that the country provides. We should also bear in mind that they are the only country out of five nuclear-weapon states under the NPT that does not give a positive security assurance.