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Military power of Turkey & China

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Turkey vs China

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Country: Turkey (TR) China (CN)
Capital: Ankara Beijing
Population: 79 814 871 1 373 541 278
Area: 783 562 km2 9 596 961 km2
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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 18,2 billion $ 228 billion $
Percent of GDP: 2,2% 1,9%

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Manpower

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Active personnel: 685 862 2 300 000
Reserve personnel: 407 122 8 000 000
Available for military: 21 079 077 385 821 101

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Land Forces

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Tanks: 2 435 7 760
Armoured fighting vehicles: 7 947 6 000
Total artillery: 2 546 9 726
Self-propelled artillery: 1 087 1 710
Rocket artillery: 462 1 770

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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 1 351 4 182
Fighter aircraft: 49 1 150
Multirole aircraf: 245 629
Attack aircraft: 0 270
Helicopters: 606 1 170

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Navy

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Total naval: 145 780
Aircraftcarriers: 0 2
Destroyers: 0 36
Frigates: 16 54
Corvettes: 9 42
Submarines: 12 76

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Nuclear weapons

Turkey

Turkey participates in the NATO nuclear weapons sharing arrangements and trains for delivering United States nuclear warheads.

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

Turkey

21-41 years of age for male compulsory military service; 18 years of age for voluntary service; 12 months conscript obligation for non-university graduates, 6-12 months for university graduates (graduates of higher education may perform 6 months of military service as short-term privates, or 12 months as reserve officers); conscripts are called to register at age 20, for service at 21; women serve in the Turkish Armed Forces only as officers; reserve obligation to age 41; Turkish citizens with a residence or work permit who have worked abroad for at least 3 years (1095 days) can be exempt from military service in exchange for 6,000 EUR or its equivalent in foreign currencies; a law passed in December 2014 introduced a one-time payment scheme which exempted Turkish citizens 27 and older from conscription in exchange for a payment of $8,150.

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.