China Military Power 2020-2021

World ranking: 3 

Overview

China has long been called "the sleeping giant". In recent years it has been awakening. Although previously reliant on Russian hardware, the Chinese have built a formidable defence industry of their own.

Capital: Beijing

Population: 1.43 billion

Defence Budget: 146 billion 

Total Personnel: 2,690,000

land forces

China simply put, has one of the largest ground forces on earth. Throughout the years it has been rapidly modernising by introducing new vehicles and weapon systems. It remains to be seen how these will all perform. However the sheer amount of equipment and troops ensures that the PLA is a force to be reckoned with.

Tanks: 6,900

AFV: 33,000

MLRS: 2,650

SPG: 3,800

Air force

The Chinese have been attempting to create a fully indigenous air force for a while and appears as if they've pulled it off. The J-20, J-31 and H-20 projects are set to launch China's air force into a new era. However it is still not known how well these will perform in real combat. 

Fighters: 1,232

Attack: 371

Armed UAVs: 80

Attack Helicopters: 281

Helicopters: 911

Other: 335

Navy

Due to the ongoing tensions in the South China Sea the Navy remains the most important branch of the Chinese Military. China has a massive fleet of submarines, destroyers, corvettes and frigates which it plans to further expand. The Chinese navy has plans to add another aircraft carrier to its fleet by 2023, with more in the pipeline. 

Total Vessels: 777

Carriers and LHDs: 2

Destroyers: 36

Frigates: 52

Corvettes: 50

Submarines: 72

Strong points

  • Technology - in certain areas

  • Numbers

  • Manpower available

  • Naval expansion

weak points

  • Is lacking in many areas in comparison with Russia and the USA

  • Lack of real war experience

  • Training is not the best

  • Largely remains an untested force

Statistics

Manpower

2,690,000

Tanks

6,900

AFV

33,000

MLRS

2,650

SPG

3,800

Fighters

1,232

Attack 

371

UCAV

80

Attack helis

281

Helicopters

911

Other

335

Total vessels

777

Carriers & LHDs

2

Destroyers

36

Frigates

52

Corvettes

50

Submarines

74