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China and North Korea vs South Korea

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The China-DPRK Treaty on Friendship is a treaty signed on 11 July 1961 between North Korea and China. The treaty obligates China militarily to defend North Korea and vice versa.North Korea enjoys a close relationship with China which is often called North Korea's closest ally. The relations were strained in the last few years because of China's concerns about North Korea's nuclear program. Both countries have nuclear weapons.

South Korea is a country located in Eastern Asia with an area of 100,210 km2 (land boundries: 237 km and costline 2,413 km). The capital of South Korea is Seoul. The number of inhabitants is 51,709,098.

US-South Korea Mutual Defense Treaty is a cornerstone of South Korea’s security. The Treaty gave the US permission to station land, air, and sea forces in the territory of South Korea. The USA maintained approximately 28,000 military personnel in the country. South Korea has been engaged with NATO through dialogue and security cooperation since 2005 and is considered by NATO to be a global partner. The South Korean military is equipped with a mix of domestically-produced and imported weapons systems. The top foreign weapons supplier is the United States and some domestically-produced systems are built under US license.

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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 253.3 billion $ 45.5 billion $
Percent of GDP: 0% 2.7%

Military budget

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Highest value in the world: 738 billion $ (USA)
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Manpower

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Active personnel: 3,465,000 555,000
Reserve personnel: 8,600,000 2,750,000
Available for military: 392,336,380 13,185,794

Active

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Highest value in the world: 2,185,000 (China)
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Land Forces

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Tanks: 11,750 2,606
Armoured fighting vehicles: 18,130 4,380
Total artillery: 20,094 7,468
Self-propelled artillery: 7,220 3,040
Rocket artillery: 8,140 574

Tanks

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Highest value in the world: 12,270 (Russia)
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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 5,536 1,585
Fighter aircraft: 1,398 156
Multirole aircraf: 1,165 371
Attack aircraft: 274 0
Helicopters: 1,557 757
UCAV (combat drone): 151 0

Total aircraft

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Highest value in the world: 12,930 (USA)
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Navy

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Total naval: 1,267 195
Aircraftcarriers: 4 2
Destroyers: 38 12
Frigates: 60 18
Corvettes: 79 11
Submarines: 149 22

Total naval

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Highest value in the world: 742 (China)
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Nuclear weapons

China and North Korea

Data not available

South Korea

Does not have nuclear weapons.

Military service

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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.