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China, People's Republic of 

Total Military Force chinaflag
Active: 2,250,000
Reserves: 500 - 600,000

Army (1,700,000)
7 Military Regions, 28 Provincial Military Districts
4 Garrison Commands
21 Integrated Group Armies 30-65,000 with 2-3 Mechanized / Motorized / Infantry Divisions 1 Artillery Division, 1 SAM/AAA Brigade
Group Army 44 Infantry Divisions with 5 Mechanized Infantry and 24 Motorized Infantry
Independent 2 Mountain Infantry Brigades, 1 Motorized Infantry Brigade, 1 SSM Brigade, 1 Engineering Brigade, 1 Artillery Brigade, 1 AAA Brigade, 5 Border, 10 Army Aviation Regiments

Navy (250,000)
Commands: North Sea Fleet, East Sea Fleet, South Sea Fleet,
Bases: NSF Qingdao (HQ), Dalian (Luda), Huludao, Weihai, Chengshan, Yuchi ESF Dongqian Lake (HQ Ninbo), Shanghai Naval Base, Dinghai, Hangzhou, Xiangshan SSF Hong Kong (HQ), Yulin, Guangzhou

Air Force (400,000)
Flight Hours: H-6 80; J-7 and J-8 130; Su-27/Su-30 180 

Forces Abroad and Foreign Forces
MONUC (Congo): 197 including 9 observers
UNMEE (Ethiopia/Eritrea): 6 observer
UNTSO (Middle East): 5 observers
UNOMSIL (Sierra Leone): 6 observers
MINURSO (West Sahara): 19 observers

(1,500,000 active)
People's Armed Police: 1,500,000

Strategic Force (100,000+)
China made remarkable progress in the 1960s in developing nuclear weapons. In a thirty-two-month period, China successfully exploded its first atomic bomb (October 16, 1964), launched its first nuclear missile (October 25, 1966), and detonated its first hydrogen bomb (June 14, 1967).

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* All figures in US dollars.


People's Republic of China Specific Munitions and Weapons Systems 

FAS on the PRC's Nuclear Capabilities

The International Institute for Strategic Studies

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