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Comparison of China and United States Military Strengths (2023)



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Side-by-side comparison showcasing the relative conventional fighting strengths of China and United States for the year 2023.



The selected countries for comparison, China and United States, are displayed below in side-by-side format. The Primary selection is displayed in Blue while the Secondary selection is displayed in Red. Go back to compare two other military powers.

The side-by-side comparison provides a theoretical look at war footing between two potential (or active) military rivals.
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COUNTRIES
China
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PwrIndx: 0.0722
Score of 0.0000 being optimal.
(Rnk 3 of 145)
United States
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PwrIndx: 0.0712
Score of 0.0000 being optimal.
(Rnk 1 of 145)


COMPARISON BRIEF
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MANPOWER
Total Population (Rnk 1)
1,410,539,758
(Diff: 1,073,197,804)
Total Population (Rnk 3)
337,341,954
(Diff: -1,073,197,804)
Available Manpower (Rnk 1)
761,691,469
(Diff: 613,261,009)
Available Manpower (Rnk 3)
148,430,460
(Diff: -613,261,009)
Fit-for-Service (Rnk 1)
624,869,113
(Diff: 501,739,300)
Fit-for-Service (Rnk 3)
123,129,813
(Diff: -501,739,300)
Reaching Mil. Age Annually (Rnk 2)
19,747,557
(Diff: 15,362,112)
Reaching Mil. Age Annually (Rnk 5)
4,385,445
(Diff: -15,362,112)
Active Personnel (Rnk 1)
2,000,000
(Diff: 610,000)
Active Personnel (Rnk 3)
1,390,000
(Diff: -610,000)
Reserve Personnel (Rnk 8)
510,000
(Diff: 68,000)
Reserve Personnel (Rnk 12)
442,000
(Diff: -68,000)
Paramilitary Forces (Rnk 5)
625,000
(Diff: 625,000)
Paramilitary Forces (Rnk 145)
0
(Diff: -625,000)
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FINANCIALS
Defense Budget (Rnk 2)
$230,000,000,000
(Diff: $-531,681,000,000)
Defense Budget (Rnk 1)
$761,681,000,000
(Diff: $531,681,000,000)
External Debt (Rnk 105)
$2,027,950,000,000
(Diff: $-18,248,001,000,000)
External Debt (Rnk 117)
$20,275,951,000,000
(Diff: $18,248,001,000,000)
Foreign Reserve (Rnk 1)
$3,236,000,000,000
(Diff: $3,112,700,000,000)
Foreign Reserve (Rnk 19)
$123,300,000,000
(Diff: $-3,112,700,000,000)
Purchasing Power (Rnk 1)
$23,009,780,000,000
(Diff: $3,009,780,000,000)
Purchasing Power (Rnk 2)
$20,000,000,000,000
(Diff: $-3,009,780,000,000)


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AIRPOWER
Total Aircraft (Rnk 3)
3,284
(Diff: -10,016)
Total Aircraft (Rnk 1)
13,300
(Diff: 10,016)
Fighter Aircraft (Rnk 2)
1,199
(Diff: -715)
Fighter Aircraft (Rnk 1)
1,914
(Diff: 715)
Dedicated Attack (Rnk 3)
371
(Diff: -472)
Dedicated Attack (Rnk 1)
843
(Diff: 472)
Transports (Rnk 3)
288
(Diff: -674)
Transports (Rnk 1)
962
(Diff: 674)
Trainers (Rnk 5)
397
(Diff: -2,237)
Trainers (Rnk 1)
2,634
(Diff: 2,237)
Special-Mission (Rnk 4)
112
(Diff: -619)
Special-Mission (Rnk 1)
731
(Diff: 619)
Aerial Tankers (Rnk 10)
4
(Diff: -564)
Aerial Tankers (Rnk 1)
568
(Diff: 564)
Helicopters (Rnk 3)
913
(Diff: -4,671)
Helicopters (Rnk 1)
5,584
(Diff: 4,671)
Attack Helicopters (Rnk 3)
281
(Diff: -702)
Attack Helicopters (Rnk 1)
983
(Diff: 702)


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LAND POWER
Tank Strength (Rnk 4)
4,950
(Diff: -550)
Tank Strength (Rnk 3)
5,500
(Diff: 550)
Armored Vehicles (Rnk 2)
174,300
(Diff: -129,253)
Armored Vehicles (Rnk 1)
303,553
(Diff: 129,253)
Self-Propelled Artillery (Rnk 4)
2,795
(Diff: 1,795)
Self-Propelled Artillery (Rnk 9)
1,000
(Diff: -1,795)
Towed Artillery (Rnk 12)
1,434
(Diff: 95)
Towed Artillery (Rnk 14)
1,339
(Diff: -95)
Mobile Rocket Projectors (Rnk 2)
3,145
(Diff: 1,429)
Mobile Rocket Projectors (Rnk 5)
1,716
(Diff: -1,429)


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NAVAL POWER
Fleet Strength (Rnk 1)
730
(Diff: 246)
Fleet Strength (Rnk 1)
484
(Diff: -246)
Aircraft Carriers (Rnk 2)
2
(Diff: -9)
Aircraft Carriers (Rnk 1)
11
(Diff: 9)
Helo Carriers (Rnk 3)
3
(Diff: -6)
Helo Carriers (Rnk 1)
9
(Diff: 6)
Submarines (Rnk 1)
78
(Diff: 10)
Submarines (Rnk 3)
68
(Diff: -10)
Destroyers (Rnk 2)
50
(Diff: -42)
Destroyers (Rnk 1)
92
(Diff: 42)
Frigates (Rnk 1)
43
(Diff: 43)
Frigates (Rnk 145)
0
(Diff: -43)
Corvettes (Rnk 2)
72
(Diff: 50)
Corvettes (Rnk 4)
22
(Diff: -50)
Patrol Vessels (Rnk 4)
150
(Diff: 140)
Patrol Vessels (Rnk 48)
10
(Diff: -140)
Mine Warfare (Rnk 2)
36
(Diff: 28)
Mine Warfare (Rnk 14)
8
(Diff: -28)


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LOGISTICS
Airports (Rnk 12)
507
(Diff: -13,006)
Airports (Rnk 1)
13,513
(Diff: 13,006)
Merchant Marine (Rnk 3)
6,662
(Diff: 3,035)
Merchant Marine (Rnk 6)
3,627
(Diff: -3,035)
Ports & Terminals (Rnk 4)
22
(Diff: -13)
Ports & Terminals (Rnk 2)
35
(Diff: 13)
Labor Force (Rnk 1)
774,710,000
(Diff: 627,710,000)
Labor Force (Rnk 3)
147,000,000
(Diff: -627,710,000)
Roadways (Rnk 2)
4,960,600km
(Diff: -1,626,010km)
Roadways (Rnk 1)
6,586,610km
(Diff: 1,626,010km)
Roadways (Rnk 2)
131,000km
(Diff: -162,564km)
Roadways (Rnk 1)
293,564km
(Diff: 162,564km)


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NATURAL RESOURCES
Oil Production (Rnk 5)
4,715,000bbl
(Diff: -13,285,000bbl)
Oil Production (Rnk 1)
18,000,000bbl
(Diff: 13,285,000bbl)
Oil Consumption (Rnk 112)
14,010,000bbl
(Diff: -6,545,000bbl)
Oil Consumption (Rnk 113)
20,555,000bbl
(Diff: 6,545,000bbl)
Proven Oil Reserves (Rnk 13)
26,022,600,000bbl
(Diff: -23,977,400,000bbl)
Proven Oil Reserves (Rnk 10)
50,000,000,000bbl
(Diff: 23,977,400,000bbl)
Natural Gas Production (Rnk 4)
179,317,495,000bbl
(Diff: -787,826,867,000bbl)
Natural Gas Production (Rnk 1)
967,144,362,000bbl
(Diff: 787,826,867,000bbl)
Natural Gas Consumption (Rnk 106)
306,576,649,000bbl
(Diff: -550,966,009,000bbl)
Natural Gas Consumption (Rnk 108)
857,542,658,000bbl
(Diff: 550,966,009,000bbl)
Proven Nat.Gas Reserves (Rnk 7)
6,654,250,000,000bbl
(Diff: -6,524,530,000,000bbl)
Proven Nat.Gas Reserves (Rnk 4)
13,178,780,000,000bbl
(Diff: 6,524,530,000,000bbl)
Coal Production (Rnk 1)
4,314,681,000bbl
(Diff: 3,819,551,000bbl)
Coal Production (Rnk 5)
495,130,000bbl
(Diff: -3,819,551,000bbl)
Coal Consumption (Rnk 115)
4,506,387,000bbl
(Diff: 4,064,419,000bbl)
Coal Consumption (Rnk 113)
441,968,000bbl
(Diff: -4,064,419,000bbl)
Proven Coal Reserves (Rnk 4)
141,595,000,000bbl
(Diff: -87,067,000,000bbl)
Proven Coal Reserves (Rnk 1)
228,662,000,000bbl
(Diff: 87,067,000,000bbl)


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GEOGRAPHY
Square Land Area (Rnk 4)
9,596,961km
(Diff: -229,714km)
Square Land Area (Rnk 3)
9,826,675km
(Diff: 229,714km)
Shared Border (Rnk 134)
22,457km
(Diff: 10,409km)
Shared Border (Rnk 129)
12,048km
(Diff: -10,409km)
Coastline (Rnk 98)
14,500km
(Diff: -5,424km)
Coastline (Rnk 100)
19,924km
(Diff: 5,424km)
Waterways (Rnk 1)
110,000km
(Diff: 68,991km)
Waterways (Rnk 4)
41,009km
(Diff: -68,991km)




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