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China is a country located in Eastern Asia with an area of 9,596,961 km2 (land boundries: 22,457 km and costline 14,500 km). The capital of China is Beijing. The number of inhabitants is 1,444,390,177.

The People's Liberation Army is the military arm of the ruling Chinese Communist Party, which oversees the PLA through its Central Military Commission. The PLA is outfitted primarily with a wide mix of older and modern domestically-produced systems heavily influenced by technology derived from other countries. Russia is the main supplier military equipment outside the domestic industry.

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The Arab League (League of Arab States) is a regional organization in the Arab world. the League has 22 members, but Syria's participation has been suspended since November 2011. Current members: Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. The Joint Defence Council of the Arab League is one of the Institutions of the Arab League. The Arab League as an organisation has no military Force but they establish a peacekeeping force.

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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 408 billion $ 124 billion $
Percent of GDP: 1.7% 0%

Military budget

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Highest value in the world: 916 billion $ (USA)


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Active personnel: 2,035,000 1,428,550
Reserve personnel: 2,000,000 1,617,000
Available for military: 385,821,101 68,012,996


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Highest value in the world: 2,035,000 (China)

Land Forces

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Tanks: 5,750 7,992
Armoured fighting vehicles: 14,130 33,885
Total artillery: 7,094 9,970
Self-propelled artillery: 2,720 2,372
Rocket artillery: 3,140 2,169


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Highest value in the world: 12,267 (Russia)

Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 4,630 3,859
Fighter aircraft: 1,049 185
Multirole aircraft: 1,130 603
Attack aircraft: 120 314
Helicopters: 1,355 1,446
UCAV (combat drone): 151 52

Total aircraft

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Highest value in the world: 13,175 (USA)


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Total naval: 742 493
Aircraftcarriers: 4 2
Destroyers: 38 0
Frigates: 54 25
Corvettes: 73 30
Submarines: 74 8

Total naval

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Highest value in the world: 967 (North Korea)

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.

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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.

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