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Military power of North Korea and China

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Country: North Korea China
Capital: Pyongyang Beijing
Population: 24 895 000 1 373 541 278
Area: 120 540 km2 9 596 961 km2
Nuclear weapons: <10 warheads 260 warheads
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Military expenditures

Military budget: 15 billion $ 228 billion $
Percent of GDP: 20,8% 1,9%

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Manpower

Active personnel: 1 190 000 2 300 000
Reserve personnel: 600 000 8 000 000
Available for military: 6 515 279 385 821 101

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Land Forces

Tanks: 6 000 7 760×See current equipment
Armoured fighting vehicles: 4 000 6 000
Total artillery: 13 000 9 726
Self-propelled artillery: 4 500 1 710
Rocket artillery: 5 000 1 770

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Air Forces

Total aircraft: 906 4 182
Fighter aircraft: 349 1 150
Multirole aircraf: 35 629
Attack aircraft: 154 270
Helicopters: 202 1 170

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Navy

Total naval: 525 780
Aircraftcarriers: 0 2
Destroyers: 0 36
Frigates: 6 54
Corvettes: 6 42
Submarines: 75 76

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Military service

North Korea

18 is presumed to be the legal minimum age for compulsory military service; 16-17 is the presumed legal minimum age for voluntary service.

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.