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China (PRC)

National Flag: China (prc) 5495c7536e8552f43401a1708e916e1a4c4e25a706076688a7093f3e99951c10

Sub Region: Eastern Asia

Official Armed Forces Name: People's Liberation Army


General Information

Category Quantity International Ranking
Geography  
Land Area (km2) 9,634,057.0 3
Population  
Population 1,373,840,000 1
Labor Force 804,200,000 1
Economy  
GDP Nominal (millions of USD) 11,937,562 2
GDP PPP (millions of USD) 23,122,027 1
GDP Nominal Per Capita (USD) 8,689 52
GDP PPP Per Capita (USD) 16,830 57
Financial Reserves (millions of USD) 3,194,000 1
Military Personnel  
Active Personnel 2,035,000 1
Paramilitary Personnel 2,035,000 2
Military Reservists 510,000 10
Military Spending  
Nominal Military Spending (millions of USD) 150,458 2
PPP Military Spending (millions of USD) 291,424 2
Nominal Military Spending Per Active Soldier (USD) 73,935 37
PPP Military Spending Per Active Soldier (USD) 143,206 33
Infrastructure  
Roadway Length (km) 4,106,387 3
Railway Length (km) 112,000 2
Number of Airports 507 12
Human Development Index (HDI) 0.727 61
Oil  
Oil Production (bbl/day) 4,189,000 4
Oil Consumption (bbl/day) 10,480,000 2
Proven Oil Reserves (bbl) 24,650,000,000 13
Merchant Marine  
Merchant Marine Ship Quantity 2,030 2
Nuclear Warheads  
Nuclear Warhead Quantity 260 4
Calculated Military Scores  
Combined Force Projection 61,388 2
Land Power 150,841 2
Air Power 77,955 2
Sea Power 149,860 3
Transport Power 279,526 3
Total War Potential 236,536 2

Force Branches

Land Forces  
Air Defense Forces People's Liberation Army Air Defense Forces
Airborne Force 15th Airborne Corps
Land Based Missile Force People's Liberation Army Land Based Missile Force
Main Army People's Liberation Army Ground Force
Marine Corps People's Liberation Army Marine Corps
Special Forces People's Liberation Army Special Operations Forces
Air Forces  
Army Aviation People's Liberation Army Ground Force Aviation
Main Air Force People's Liberation Army Air Force
Naval Aviation People's Liberation Army Naval Air Force
Sea Forces  
Coast Guard China Coast Guard
Ice Breaker Fleet China Ice Breaker Fleet
Main Navy People's Liberation Army Navy

Military Assets

Category Quantity International Ranking
Total Main Battle Tanks 6,740 1
4th Generation Main Battle Tanks 0 2
3rd Generation Main Battle Tanks 2,390 2
2nd Generation Main Battle Tanks 1,500 6
1st Generation Main Battle Tanks 2,850 2
Light Tanks 573 3
Armoured Reconnaissance Vehicles 400 16
Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicles 4,972 3
Armoured Personnel Carriers 5,024 4
Self-propelled Howitzers 2,710 2
Self-propelled Multiple Rocket Launchers 1,872 2
Self-propelled Mortar Carriers 0 27
Anti-tank Missile Carriers 924 2
Self-propelled Anti-tank Guns 710 1
Self-propelled Anti-ballistic Missile SAM Launchers 0 2
Self-propelled Long Range SAM Launchers (Limited ABM) 216 3
Self-propelled Medium Range SAM Launchers 72 3
Self-propelled Short Range SAM Launchers 332 3
Self-propelled Anti-aircraft Guns 376 4
Self-propelled Gun/SAM Hybrid Systems 0 13
Towed Howitzers 6,194 2
Towed Multiple Rocket Launchers 108 4
Towed Mortars 2,640 7
Recoilless Guns 4,000 1
Towed Anti-tank Guns 0 17
Towed Anti-ballistic Missile SAM Launchers 0 3
Towed Long Range SAM Launchers (Limited ABM) 0 17
Towed Medium Range SAM Launchers 300 5
Towed Short Range SAM Launchers 0 10
Towed Anti-aircraft Guns 23,054 1
Towed Anti-aircraft Gun/SAM Hybrid Systems 0 1
Mobile Ballistic Missile Launchers 525 1
Silo Based Missiles 70 3
Total Aircraft 4,889 2
Total Fighter Aircraft 1,822 2
5th Generation Fighter Aircraft 20 2
4th Generation Fighter Aircraft 1,106 2
3rd Generation Fighter Aircraft 168 4
1st and 2nd Generation Fighter Aircraft 528 1
Ground Attack Aircraft 100 5
Strategic Bombers 189 1
Anti-submarine and Maritime Patrol Aircraft 3 20
Heavy Transport/Tanker Aircraft 28 4
Medium Transport/Tanker Aircraft 74 3
Light Transport/Tanker Aircraft 285 1
Early Warning Aircraft 37 2
Military Passenger Aircraft 31 7
Trainer Aircraft 1,081 2
Total Helicopters 1,157 2
Attack Helicopters 246 3
Non-Attack Helicopters 911 2
Combat Support Aircraft 92 5
Total Navy Displacement (metric tons) 1,228,812 2
Total Ships 639 2
Aircraft Carriers 2 3
Battleship/Battlecruisers 0 2
Cruisers 0 4
Destroyers 33 3
Frigates 55 1
Corvettes 37 2
Amphibious Assault Ships (LHD/LHAs) 0 5
Landing Platform/Dock (LPDs) 4 3
Landing Ship/Dock (LSDs) 15 1
Tank Landing Ships (LST/LSMs) 79 1
Landing Crafts 153 5
Mine Warfare Ships 53 1
Patrol Ships 208 2
Total Submarines 63 4
Ballistic Missile Submarines 6 2
Nuclear Attack Submarines 9 3
Conventional Attack Submarines 48 1
Coastal and Midget Submarines 0 5

Satellites

Category Quantity International Ranking
Communications 6 4
Navigation/Positioning/Time 23 3
Meteorology/Oceanography 0 2
Intelligence/Surveillance/Reconnaissance 33 1
Electronic Intelligence/Signal Intelligence 15 2
Space Surveillance 0 3
Early Warning 0 3

Coast Guard Assets

Category Quantity International Ranking
Large Patrol Ships 71 1
Medium Patrol Ships 206 1
Small Patrol Ships 246 4
Fixed Wing Aircraft 0 13
Helicopters 0 14

Ice Breakers

Category Quantity International Ranking
Quantity 1 7


Database sources: The Military Balance 2018, wikipedia.com, CIA World Factbook, as well as other online sources.