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North Korea vs China

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Country: North Korea (KP) China (CN)
Capital: Pyongyang Beijing
Population: 24 895 000 1 373 541 278
Area: 120 540 km2 9 596 961 km2
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Military expenditures

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

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Manpower

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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

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Tanks: 6 000 7 760
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

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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

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

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Nuclear weapons

North Korea

Although at the beginning North Korea joined the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, they withdrew from it on January 2003. It was a consequence of the United States accusation. The USA government claimed that North Korea was unofficially funding a program of uranium enrichment. Because of that, they cancelled the 1994 Agreed Framework treaty and cut off the energy assistance. Two years after withdrawing, the officials from North Korea claimed that they own operational nuclear arsenal. In spite of North Koreans assurances, the United States did not believe that North Korea really posses such weapons. As a result, the government of North Korea decided to conduct tests.

There were three tests that North Korea initially conducted. The first one, with the yield of less than a kiloton, took place in 2006. However, to show that this was in fact a nuclear detonation, North Koreans conducted second and third tests, respectable in 2009 and 2013. The maximum power of the blast of the aforementioned tests can be estimated to be up to 40 kilotons. However, a lot of sources claim that yield did not surpass 10-15 kilotons. Noteworthy is also the fact that in 2016, North Korea announced that they have conducted their first hydrogen-bomb test.

China

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.

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.