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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) 11,391,619 2
GDP PPP (millions of USD) 21,269,331 1
GDP Nominal Per Capita (USD) 8,292 51
GDP PPP Per Capita (USD) 15,482 60
Financial Reserves (millions of USD) 3,092,000 1
Military Personnel  
Active Personnel 2,183,000 1
Paramilitary Personnel 2,183,000 2
Military Reservists 510,000 11
Military Spending  
Nominal Military Spending (millions of USD) 145,039 2
PPP Military Spending (millions of USD) 270,803 2
Nominal Military Spending Per Active Soldier (USD) 66,440 37
PPP Military Spending Per Active Soldier (USD) 124,051 38
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 63,637 3
Land Power 180,037 3
Air Power 71,718 2
Sea Power 147,175 3
Transport Power 281,305 3
Total War Potential 241,604 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 2
4th Generation Main Battle Tanks 0 2
3rd Generation Main Battle Tanks 2,390 3
2nd Generation Main Battle Tanks 1,500 7
1st Generation Main Battle Tanks 2,850 2
Light Tanks 573 3
Armoured Reconnaissance Vehicles 400 16
Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicles 4,432 3
Armoured Personnel Carriers 5,024 4
Self-propelled Howitzers 2,710 3
Self-propelled Multiple Rocket Launchers 1,818 3
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 102 13
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 8
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 62 3
Total Aircraft 4,733 2
Total Fighter Aircraft 1,782 2
5th Generation Fighter Aircraft 5 2
4th Generation Fighter Aircraft 1,081 2
3rd Generation Fighter Aircraft 168 4
1st and 2nd Generation Fighter Aircraft 528 1
Ground Attack Aircraft 120 4
Strategic Bombers 150 2
Anti-submarine and Maritime Patrol Aircraft 3 20
Heavy Transport/Tanker Aircraft 26 4
Medium Transport/Tanker Aircraft 63 3
Light Transport/Tanker Aircraft 303 1
Early Warning Aircraft 34 2
Military Passenger Aircraft 29 8
Trainer Aircraft 1,035 2
Total Helicopters 1,106 2
Attack Helicopters 240 3
Non-Attack Helicopters 866 2
Combat Support Aircraft 92 5
Total Navy Displacement (metric tons) 1,245,513 2
Total Ships 639 2
Aircraft Carriers 2 3
Battleship/Battlecruisers 0 2
Cruisers 0 4
Destroyers 32 3
Frigates 55 1
Corvettes 32 3
Amphibious Assault Ships (LHD/LHAs) 0 5
Landing Platform/Dock (LPDs) 4 3
Landing Ship/Dock (LSDs) 15 1
Tank Landing Ships (LST/LSMs) 85 1
Landing Crafts 153 5
Mine Warfare Ships 53 1
Patrol Ships 208 2
Total Submarines 65 3
Ballistic Missile Submarines 6 3
Nuclear Attack Submarines 8 3
Conventional Attack Submarines 51 1
Coastal and Midget Submarines 0 5

Satellites

Category Quantity International Ranking
Communications 6 4
Navigation/Positioning/Time 21 3
Meteorology/Oceanography 0 2
Intelligence/Surveillance/Reconnaissance 30 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 2017, wikipedia.com, CIA World Factbook, as well as other online sources.