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2022 China Military Strength



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For 2022, China is ranked 3 of 142 out of the countries considered for the annual GFP review. It holds a PwrIndx* score of 0.0511 (a score of 0.0000 is considered 'perfect'). This entry last updated on 05/04/2022.

*Each nation is assessed on individual and collective values processed through our in-house formula to generate its 'PwrIndx' score. Some values are estimated when official numbers are not available. View Notes.
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NOTES/OBSERVATIONS:
China (No.3) continues its climb to the No.2 spot owned for some time by regional powerhouse Russia (No.2). The nation owns a distinct advantage economically and by way of sheer manpower and has placed a decided focus on increasing (primarily through local means) naval, airpower, and land warfare capabilities. If the trend continues, it will become the primary global military adversary to the United States (No.1) - which still commands the top spot for the current year.


Breakdown



Population
Rnk 1
Manpower
Rnk 1
Fit / Service
Rnk 1
Military Age
Rnk 2
Active Pers.
Rnk 1
Reserve
Rnk 6
Paramilitary
Rnk 5
Tot Aircraft
Rnk 3
Fighters
Rnk 2
Attack Types
Rnk 3
Transports
Rnk 3
Trainers
Rnk 5
Spcl. Mission
Rnk 4
Tanker AC
Rnk 12
Helos
Rnk 3
Attack Helos
Rnk 3
Tanks
Rnk 4
AFVs
Rnk 2
SPAs
Rnk 2
Artillery
Rnk 10
MLRSs
Rnk 2
Ships
Rnk 1
Carriers
Rnk 2
Helo Carr.
Rnk 5
Destroyers
Rnk 2
Frigates
Rnk 1
Corvettes
Rnk 2
Submarines
Rnk 1
Patrol Craft
Rnk 5
Mine Warf.
Rnk 2
Oil Prod.
Rnk 7
Oil Consum.
Rnk 119
Oil Proven
Rnk 13
Labor Frc.
Rnk 1
Merch Fleet
Rnk 3
Major Ports
Rnk 4
Roadways
Rnk 2
Railways
Rnk 2
Airports
Rnk 12
Defense Bgt
Rnk 2
Ext. Debt
Rnk 129
Foreign Rsv.
Rnk 1
Purch. Pwr
Rnk 1
Land Area
Rnk 4
Coastlines
Rnk 95
Borders
Rnk 128
Waterways
Rnk 1
Ratings Key:
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Capabilities (BETA):

National Defense
Overseas Power Projection
Attrition War
Guerilla Warfare
Airspace Defense
Tactical Reach
Strategic Reach
Battlefield Support
Anti-Armor
Armored Warfare
Internal Security
Land Convoy Protection
Indirect-Fire Support
Naval Warfare
Naval Convoy Protection
Waterway Denial
Submarine-Hunting
Long-Term Sustainment
Global Trade
Goods/Supplies Transportation
Natural Geographic Defense


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Total Population:
1,397,897,720
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1/142
Available Manpower
754,864,769 (54.0%)
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Fit-for-Service
619,268,690 (44.3%)
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2/142
Reaching Mil Age Annually
19,570,568 (1.4%)
Tot Military Personnel (est.)
3,134,000 (0.2%)
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Active Personnel
2,000,000 (0.1%)
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6/142
Reserve Personnel
510,000 (0.0%)
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5/142
Paramilitary
624,000 (0.0%)
Manpower Composition:
Hover over the various sections in the bar below for more details.

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Total Aircraft Strength:
3,285
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Fighters/Interceptors:
1,200 (36.5%)
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3/142
Dedicated Attack:
371 (11.3%)
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3/142
Transports:
286 (8.7%)
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5/142
Trainers:
399 (12.1%)
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4/142
Special-Mission:
114 (3.5%)
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12/142
Tanker Fleet:
3 (0.1%)
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3/142
Helicopters:
912 (27.8%)
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Attack Helicopters:
281 (8.6%)
Inventory Composition:
Hover over pie slices in the chart below for category information. Pecentages below are not part of overall strength above but rather relative to each category presented below.

For an in-depth overview of current leading air powers of the world, including active inventories and strengths, consult the World Directory of Modern Military Aircraft (www.WDMMA.org).
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4/142
Tanks:
5,250
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2/142
Armored Vehicles:
35,000
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Self-Propelled Artillery:
4,120
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Towed Artillery:
1,734
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Rocket Projectors:
3,160
Inventory Composition:
Hover over pie slices in the chart below for category information.



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Total Assets:
777
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Aircraft Carriers:
2
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5/142
Helicopter Carriers:
1
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2/142
Destroyers:
41
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1/142
Frigates:
49
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2/142
Corvettes:
70
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1/142
Submarines:
79
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5/142
Patrol Vessels:
152
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2/142
Mine Warfare:
36
Inventory Composition:
Hover over the pie slices in the chart below for more details.

For an in-depth overview of current leading naval powers of the world, including active inventories and strengths, consult the World Directory of Modern Military Warships (www.WDMMW.org).
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Additional Notes



MANPOWER - Values partly derived from the CIA World Factbook. Some values may be estimated.

AIRPOWER - Values derived from multiple sources. Total Aircraft Strength value includes both fixed-wing and rotorcraft platforms from all branches of service (at this time UAVs are not included in the total). 'Attack' value constitutes purpose-built attack types. 'Transports' value includes only fixed-wing aircraft while all rotorcraft are represented under the 'Helicopters' value. 'Special-Mission' value no longer includes aerial tankers which are now covered in their own listing. For an in-depth look into the current air powers of the world, consider "the World Directory of Modern Military Aircraft" [www.WDMMA.org - external link].

LAND FORCES - Values derived from multiple sources. 'Tanks' value includes Main Battle Tanks (MBTs), light tanks, and tank destroyers (no distinction being made between track-over-wheel and all-wheeled types). 'Armored Vehicles' value includes APCs, IFVs, MRAPs, and Armored Cars. 'Rocket Projectors' include only self-propelled forms.

NAVAL FORCES - Values derived from multiple sources. 'Total Assets' value includes all possible/available vessels including auxiliaries, which are not showcased individually. 'Aircraft Carriers' value includes only traditional carriers (both conventionally- and nuclear-powered while Helicopter Carriers are now considered under their own listing. 'Submarines' value includes both diesel-electric and nuclear-powered types. Landlocked nationd are not penalized for the lack of a standing navy. For an in-depth look into the current naval powers of the world, consider "the World Directory of Modern Military Warships" [www.WDMMW.org - external link].

NATURAL RESOURCES - Values derived from the CIA World Factbook or estimated in some cases. Values presented as BBL (Barrel unit).

LOGISTICS - Values derived from the CIA World Factbook. Ports & Terminals may reside outside of a nations own borders if arrangements with an ally have been made. Landlocked nations are penalized for the lack of a standing Merchant Marine force.

FINANCIALS - Values partly derived from the CIA World Factbook. Values presented in USD ($). Estimates made when needed.

GEORGRAPHY - Values derived from the CIA World Factbook. As geography can play a role in both offensive and defensive wars, the GFP formula takes geographic qualities of a nation into account (border coverage, coastline coverage).
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