Global Firepower

China Military Strength

Current military capabilities and available firepower for 2016 detailed.


Ranked as 3 of 126
GFP Power Index rating of 0.0988 (0.0000 being perfect)

MANPOWER - Going beyond military equipment totals and perceived fighting strength is the actual manpower that drives a given military. Wars of attrition favor those with more.

 Total Population: 1,367,485,388
 Available Manpower: 750,000,000
 Fit for Service: 619,000,000
 Reaching Military Age Annually: 19,550,000
 Active Frontline Personnel: 2,335,000
 Active Reserve Personnel: 2,300,000

LAND SYSTEMS - Tank value includes Main Battle Tanks, light tanks and tank destroyers, either wheeled or tracked. AFV value includes Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) and Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs).

 Tanks: 9,150
 Armored Fighting Vehicles (AFVs): 4,788
 Self-Propelled Guns (SPGs): 1,710
 Towed-Artillery: 6,246
 Multiple-Launch Rocket Systems (MLRSs): 1,770

AIR POWER - Includes both fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft from all branches of service.

 Total Aircraft: 2,942
 Fighters/Interceptors: 1,230
 Fixed-Wing Attack Aircraft: 1,385
 Transport Aircraft: 782
 Trainer Aircraft: 352
 Helicopters: 802
 Attack Helicopters: 200

NAVAL POWER - Aircraft Carrier value includes dedicated "helicopter carrier" vessels. Total naval strength includes all known auxiliaries as well.

 Total Naval Strength: 714
 Aircraft Carriers: 1
 Frigates: 48
 Destroyers: 32
 Corvettes: 26
 Submarines: 68
 Coastal Defense Craft: 138
 Mine Warfare: 4

RESOURCES (PETROLEUM) - Despite the advances made in battlefield technology, oil remains the lifeblood of any fighting force and supporting economy.

 Oil Production: 4,189,000 bbl/day
 Oil Consumption: 10,120,000 bbl/day
 Proven Oil Reserves: 24,650,000,000 bbl

LOGISTICAL - War is as much a battle of logistics - moving man and machine from / to points all over - as it is direct combat. Labor Force adds to available wartime industry strength.

 Labor Force: 804,200,000
 Merchant Marine Strength: 2,030
 Major Ports and Terminals: 15
 Roadway Coverage: 3,860,800
 Railway Coverage: 86,000
 Serviceable Airports: 507

FINANCIAL (in USD) - Regardless of strength in numbers, war is still driven by financing as much as any one leader or weapon.

 Defense Budget: $155,600,000,000
 External Debt: $949,600,000,000
 Reserves of Foreign Exchange and Gold: $3,217,000,000,000
 Purchasing Power Parity: $18,090,000,000,000

GEOGRAPHY (in km) - Geographical values primarily figure into a defensive-minded war (i.e. invasion).

 Square Land Area: 9,596,961 km
 Coastline: 14,500 km
 Shared Border: 22,457 km
 Waterways: 110,000 km

Sources:, CIA World Factbook,, public domain print and media sources and user contributions. Some values may be estimated when official sources are lacking.

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The values showcased above are all considered for the final GFP ranking recognized as the "Power Index" (abbrv: "PwrIndx"). PwrIndx scores are judged against a perfect value of "0.0000" which is realistically unattainable due to the number of factors considered per country. Balance is the key - a large, strong fighting force across land, sea and air backed by a resilient economy and defensible territory along with an efficient infrastructure - such qualities are those used to round out a particular nation's total fighting strength on paper; it is not enough to field 10 million men or 20,000 tanks or lead the world in oil production.

Each nation's final ranking also carries with it bonuses and penalties as needed while landlocked countries (ex: Austria) are not penalized for lack of a standing navy - though they do suffer a penalty for not maintaining a viable merchant marine force.

It bears repeating that nuclear weapons are NOT taken into account for this listing. Powers are based on conventional weaponry in inventory as well as other factors such as economic strength, border size, self-sustainability (in regards to wartime resources such as oil), water access etc...

A total of 126 countries currently make up the GFP ranked list.