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Military power of Russia and China

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Country: Russia China
Capital: Moscow Beijing
Population: 144 554 993 1 373 541 278
Area: 17 098 242 km2 9 596 961 km2
Nuclear weapons: 7 500 warheads 260 warheads
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Military expenditures

Military budget: 66,3 billion $ 228 billion $
Percent of GDP: 4,3% 1,9%

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Manpower

Active personnel: 771 000 2 300 000
Reserve personnel: 2 000 000 8 000 000
Available for military: 34 765 736 385 821 101

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Land Forces

Tanks: 20 050 7 760×See current equipment
Armoured fighting vehicles: 27 335 6 000
Total artillery: 14 557 9 726
Self-propelled artillery: 5 955 1 710
Rocket artillery: 4 032 1 770

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Air Forces

Total aircraft: 4 441 4 182
Fighter aircraft: 751 1 150
Multirole aircraf: 526 629
Attack aircraft: 783 270
Helicopters: 1 505 1 170

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Navy

Total naval: 314 780
Aircraftcarriers: 1 2
Destroyers: 18 36
Frigates: 10 54
Corvettes: 83 42
Submarines: 59 76

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Military service

Russia

18-27 years of age for compulsory or voluntary military service; males are registered for the draft at 17 years of age; 1-year service obligation (conscripts can only be sent to combat zones after 6 months of training); reserve obligation for non-officers to age 50; enrollment in military schools from the age of 16, cadets classified as members of the armed forces.

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.