Compare armed forces

Alliance builder

Military power of China and Russia & Japan

China and Russia flag svg Japan flag svg

China and Russia vs Japan

Show map
China and Russia Japan

A hypothetical military alliance between China and Russia. The two countries share a land border and they signed the Treaty of Good-Neighborliness and Friendly Cooperation in 2001. A twenty-year strategic treaty extended or another 5 years after its expiration in February 2022. China is the world's most populous country, with a population of more than 1.4 billion people, on the other hand Russia is the largest country in the world by area, covering over 17,098,246 square kilometres.

Currently, China focuses on domestic weapon designs and manufacturing, while still importing certain military products from Russia, such as jet engines. In September 2018, Russia hosted the militaries of China and Mongolia as a part of the Vostok 2018 military exercise. Russia and China flew joint bomber patrols over the Pacific. China refused to condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Following the implementation of international sanctions during the war, China provided economic relief to Russia.

Japan is a country located in Eastern Asia with an area of 377,944 km2 (land boundries: 0 km and costline 29,751 km). The capital of Japan is Tokyo. The number of inhabitants is 125,360,000.

The current Self Defense Force was founded in 1954. Japan has Major Non-NATO Ally (MNNA) status with the USA. Approximately 55,000 US troops and other military assets, including aircraft and naval ships, were stationed in Japan and had exclusive use of more than 80 bases and facilities. In exchange for their use, the US guarantees Japan’s security. The JSDF is equipped with a mix of imported and domestically-produced equipment. The majority of its weapons imports are from the US and some domestically-produced weapons are US-origin and manufactured under license.

More about Japan military

If you want to check the comparison in terms of economic ratios check out CompareEconomy.com

Military expenditures

small flag CHRU CHRU small flag JP JP
Military budget: 313.7 billion $ 50.3 billion $
Percent of GDP: 0% 1%

Military budget

small flag CHRU small flag JP
Highest value in the world: 738 billion $ (USA)
More

Manpower

small flag CHRU CHRU small flag JP JP
Active personnel: 3,339,000 247,150
Reserve personnel: 10,000,000 56,100
Available for military: 420,586,837 27,301,443

Active

small flag CHRU small flag JP
Highest value in the world: 2,185,000 (China)
More

Land Forces

small flag CHRU CHRU small flag JP JP
Tanks: 18,017 1,004
Armoured fighting vehicles: 38,302 3,072
Total artillery: 25,360 623
Self-propelled artillery: 9,163 214
Rocket artillery: 7,471 99

Tanks

tank svg
small flag small flag
Highest value in the world: 12,267 (Russia)
More

Air Forces

small flag CHRU CHRU small flag JP JP
Total aircraft: 9,048 1,444
Fighter aircraft: 1,389 155
Multirole aircraft: 1,512 79
Attack aircraft: 809 0
Helicopters: 3,020 698
UCAV (combat drone): 251 0

Total aircraft

airplane svg
small flag small flag
Highest value in the world: 12,930 (USA)
More

Navy

small flag CHRU CHRU small flag JP JP
Total naval: 1,395 140
Aircraftcarriers: 5 4
Destroyers: 52 36
Frigates: 65 2
Corvettes: 153 6
Submarines: 140 22

Total naval

ship svg
small flag small flag
Highest value in the world: 967 (North Korea)
More

Nuclear weapons

China and Russia

Data not available

Japan

Does not have nuclear weapons.

Military service

China and Russia

Data not available

Japan

18 years of age for voluntary military service; no conscription; mandatory retirement at age 53 for senior enlisted personnel and at 62 years for senior service officers.