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Taiwan vs China

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Country: Taiwan (TW) China (CN)
Capital: Taipei Beijing
Population: 23 519 518 1 373 541 278
Area: 36 193 km2 9 596 961 km2
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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 10,5 billion $ 228 billion $
Percent of GDP: 2,5% 1,9%

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Manpower

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Active personnel: 290 000 2 300 000
Reserve personnel: 2 800 000 8 000 000
Available for military: 5 883 828 385 821 101

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Land Forces

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Tanks: 1 280 7 760
Armoured fighting vehicles: 2 050 6 000
Total artillery: 1 785 9 726
Self-propelled artillery: 510 1 710
Rocket artillery: 115 1 770

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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 787 4 182
Fighter aircraft: 125 1 150
Multirole aircraf: 190 629
Attack aircraft: 0 270
Helicopters: 250 1 170

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Navy

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Total naval: 67 780
Aircraftcarriers: 0 2
Destroyers: 4 36
Frigates: 20 54
Corvettes: 0 42
Submarines: 4 76

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Nuclear weapons

Taiwan

Does not have nuclear weapons.

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

Taiwan

Males 18-36 years of age may volunteer for military service or must complete 4 months of compulsory military training (or substitute civil service in some cases); women may enlist; women in Air Force service are restricted to noncombat roles; for men born before December 1993, compulsory service (military or civil) is 1 year; for 8 years after discharge, men are subject to training recall four times for periods not to exceed 20 days.

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.