China vs Russia – Who Would Win? – Army / Military Comparison

China vs Russia – Who Would Win? – Army / Military Comparison

When the Infographics Show compiled our list
of the world’s most powerful militaries, our research concluded that in no uncertain
terms The United States of America was placed at the top. The next two spots on the list were taken-up
by the countries of Russia and then China, with media and military analysts almost universally
agreeing on this order. While Russia has been a notable military powerhouse
for some time, China’s emergence as a military superpower has been more recent. The country experienced meteoric economic
growth in the past half century after opening-up to global markets. Much of this new money has been invested on
the country’s defense, with China’s ascension as an economic powerhouse enabling it to purchase
the latest in advanced military equipment. Today we’ll compare these two military giants,
in this episode of the Infographics Show, China vs. Russia. Don’t forget to subscribe and click the
bell button so that you can be part of our Notification Squad. We’ll start with a brief overview of the
relationship between the two nations in modern times. After the People’s Republic of China was formally
established in 1949, a close alliance was formed between the Soviet Union mainly based
on a sharing of Marxist-Leninist ideology. The Soviets helped the PRC to both modernize
and industrialize the country, but the relationship soon soured leading to what became known as
the Sino-Soviet Split. For many years the Chinese-Soviet border on
both sides was armed with missiles, with China then seeing the Soviets as a bigger threat
than western superpowers. The dissolution of the Soviet Union ended
this mutual animus, and the two nations are presently seen as being on good terms. It is China, though, that has been the rising
star of global economic prosperity. Since the Chinese government introduced economic
reforms in 1979 the GDP started to see healthy growth. China presently has the second largest nominal
GDP in the world at over 11 trillion dollars in 2016. Behind China is Japan with a GDP of almost
5 trillion dollars, while Russia’s GDP was just over 1.5 trillion dollars in 2016. China’s defense expenditure reflects its
economic strength, being the second highest in the world in 2015 at around 145 billion
dollars. Russia’s defense budget ranked in third
place on the list with a 65 billion dollar defense budget. Global Firepower puts China’s defense budget
at almost 162 billion dollars for 2017 with Russia in 6th place on the list at 44.6 billion
dollars. We should also take into account that the
Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, as well as the U.S. Department of Defense,
have said that China’s military budget is much bigger than the number we see reported. China’s finance minister Xiao Jie has publicly
denied this. In terms of manpower, it may not surprise
you that China has a formidable number of personnel, it being the most populated country
in the world with 1.38 billion people. China has around 2,335,000 active frontline
personnel and over one million active reserve personnel and paramilitary forces. Russia has around 766,000 currently signed-up
for active military service, although it’s thought it has as many as 2.5 million active
reserve personnel. We thought we’d try and find out what low
ranking soldiers take home each month in terms of wages. It’s difficult to find the exact amount
a Chinese or Russian new army recruit gets paid, but we found one Russian news source
in 2012 that stated soldiers just had a significant increase in wages at 1,000 dollars a month,
and a Chinese news source from 2011 stating a basic soldier’s wages had risen to $826
a month. Moving on to more serious matters, we will
now compare the land artillery of each country. Both countries are very well equipped, with
Russia showing superiority in terms of numbers. Russia has a total of 15,400 main battle tanks,
31,300 armored fighting vehicles, 5,972 self-propelled guns, 4,625 towed artillery and 3,793 multiple
launch rocket systems. China, even with a much bigger budget, has
9,150 MBTs, 4,788 AFVs, 1,710 SPGs, 6,246 Towed-Artillery, and 1,770 MLRSs. We should note that these numbers can fluctuate
depending on when the statistics were taken and whether the equipment is ready for use. For instance, some sources state the number
of tanks for both countries is much higher. A reflection of China’s hefty military investments
is its VT-4 main battle tank, which its military claims is the best battle tank on the planet. It currently has a possible buyer, too, in
Thailand. China’s other main tank is its Type 99. Russia could be said to have the tank advantage
with its well-regarded fleet of T-90s and its current pride and joy the T-14 Armata. Both tanks regularly make top ten lists. Another notable fact is that Russia’s army
is much more experienced in terms of combat. Many analysts point out that while China’s
military is certainly modern, it’s also largely encumbered with the fact it hasn’t
really been tested. According to the majority of media, western
media at least, Russia is more often than not considered to have the second-best air
force in the world behind the USA. Of its 3,100 aircrafts, its prize possessions
are the multi-role fighters, the Sukhoi Su-35, a large number of Sukhoi Su-27s, as well as
its highly rated interceptor, the MiG-31. China might be close behind in terms of aerial
prowess, in some ways thanks to Russia and its exports of a large number of Su-35s and
Su-27s to China. But the talk of the town if you’re into
air force combat is China’s Chengdu J-20 stealth fighter, an aircraft which pundits,
as well as The Pentagon, have agreed is a feat of modern engineering. China’s navy has also seen large improvements
over the last decade, taking part in the spending of the country’s present fortunes. China’s fleet includes one aircraft carrier,
with another recently launched, 35 destroyers, 51 frigates, 35 corvettes, 31 mine warfare,
3 amphibious transports, 8 nuclear attack submarines and around 60 conventional attack
submarines. China is currently working on its first supercarrier,
the CV-18, a project obscured by the screen of the country’s well-known secrecy. China is also working on a much larger fleet
of ships, with stating it might just have the best equipped navy
in the world by 2030 as production continues at a high rate. Russia’s navy is lean in comparison and
falls quite a distance behind the navy of China. Russia has a total of 60 submarines, 4 frigates,
15 destroyers, 81 corvettes, 45 Mine Warfare Craft, 14 patrol craft, and only one aircraft
carrier. It’s ballistic missile submarine fleet is
rated highly and is growing in numbers, and Russia also has plans to build a supercarrier,
although developments are slow compared to China’s supercarrier progress. Russia may have just come out of the naval
scrap looking somewhat forlorn, but it’s about to come bouncing back in a frightening
manner. As we mentioned at the start of this show,
Russia was involved in an arms race with United States of America – a nervous time if ever
there was one for anyone that is old enough to remember the what-to-do-in-case-of-nuclear-strike
infomercials. Russia built-up a huge amount of nuclear weapons
and currently has the most nuclear warheads in the world. Its arsenal of around 7,000 nuclear warheads
is mostly retired or stockpiled, but around 1,900 are deployed. It’s thought China has 270 of these weapons,
although it is reported that none of them are deployed. Harkening back to China being considered a
nation not always transparent about its military power, a group of researchers in the U.S.
once wrote a paper stating that China may have as many as 3,000 nuclear weapons stored
in underground tunnels. This has never been corroborated with evidence
or further research, with the Federation of American Scientists once impugning the research
as “exaggerated and poorly analyzed.” The New York Times reported in March this
year that although China intends to raise military spending again, it’s the lowest
increase in several years, suggesting the country may not want to get into an arms race
that it can’t afford. In the same month, some media reports suggested
that Russia is cutting its military budget by a massive 25.5 percent, following years
of significant increases. So, how do you think these two mega militaries
compare? Let us know in the comments. And be sure sure to check out our military
comparisons playlist. Thanks for watching, and, as always, don’t
forget to like, share, and subscribe. See you next time!


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  2. I am ready to leak my country china security defence information for Russia …if they offer me to marry beautiful hot blonde russian women

  3. If Russia 🇷🇺 Vs China🇨🇳
    India🇮🇳 Absolutely Fight Against China🇨🇳…India🇮🇳 need to defend the china….🗡🗡🗡🗡🗡🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳

  4. Guys don't fight, you should be Allie
    Love both from Serbia 🇷🇸💓🇨🇳❤️🇷🇺

  5. China uses its military against its own people . And its funny china will tell the world how poor they are to get special treatment from the world bank, then talk " they will be the next superpower ". Its laughable. Half the people are starving poor living in one room cheap buildings

  6. 1. China is 2nd largest economy in the world, meaning they can allow wars and conflicts on a much larger scale. While Russia, is…well is barely in top 10 list, and not always, especially over the past 5 years or so. Economy plays a HUGE part. Besides having lots of cool guns and weapons, the country need to feed the soldiers and provide them a healthcare they need, equip them, get more ammunition, etc. I think that anyone will agree that if Russia tried to invade some non-Nato countries in Europe, then the big bear would last for a week, and then begin collapsing economically. Russia may even become bankrupt. Their economy is too weak and unstable for larger fights, and invasions. Just look at the economic situation in Russian after paying for wars in Ukraine and Syria.
    2. China already has two carrier strike groups, while Russian only carrier… well…broke, and there is nothing being done at the moment. Russia doesn't even have a dock for ships of such type and size. It's a shame for a country that claims itself to be a superpower, and is surrounded by 3 oceans to have that type of an issue unresolved.
    3. Chinese navy is second only to the US, when it comes to power and size.
    4. China leading in creation of hypestonic missiles ,while Russia keeps screaming on news that they have the best rockets, and then keep having accidents.

  7. China thrives on copying US, European, Japan products and make them at very less cost low grade, so they cannot rely on their weapons, probably they better procure war weapons from US, Israel or Russia.

  8. During the cold war, China pivoted to the U.S… It would be very ironic if Russia pivots to the U.S in the upcoming U.S/China great power competition. Its so absurd it might actually happen.

  9. China has numbers yes. But Russia has the mother land and super power of Nukes. A Nuclear strike from mother Russia against China. China won't have the man power to fight back. Nukes Win. RUSSIA WINS.


    CHINA: Are you ready? Junks😈
    RUSSIA: Our target is United States!😱
    CHINA: So, you are afraid of us?😏
    RUSSIA: No, i can blow you with my nuclear power😠
    CHINA: Oh then we gonna reverse your power like reverse engineering😏
    RUSSIA: m just kidding😁😁😁

  11. Comparison is very mischievous bcoz Russia China are brothers n sides of the same coin so camparison should have been USA vs Russia China United and no conventional war possible as USA don't share boundaries with Russia China and singularly China or Russia will never fight alone with USA but jointly no matter what otherwise singularly fighting will be suicidal for both China and Russia and get destroyed giving way for Israel to become lone super power of the world and Israel would get this done somehow bcoz North Korea n South Korea and Japan would finish each other n India and Pakistan would finish each other n France Germany will get finished mutually with UK n Iran turkey and Saudi Arabia get finished with mutual fight so if all above stated warring groups fights each other then Israel shall emerge as lone super power for sure n if unfortunately all warring groups leaves pride n do no war pacts then billions of people life would continue to live n put pressure on limited Earth's resources n bring unemployment for military hardwares suppliers n misery for them with unnecessary peace n choosing life instead of death

  12. They build things better in Russia I'd say Russian jets will fly and hold up alot better than anything China has built russia would won besides Russia will be on the USA side if war ever came just like world war 2 usa and Russia will be allies again

  13. 每次看到这种视频我都想笑,不知道这些外国人的脑子是怎么想的,战争烧的是钱和人,从来都是比的总和国力,单纯的比武器我甚至可以说日本韩国最强,但是有什么用呢,看到这里面的印度人的发言我都想笑,没脑子也不带这么没脑子的。让俄罗斯再强大一会吧,有时候有个挡箭牌,真的很管用

  14. China will not have a chance against a nuclear power like Russia, the only country that can rival the Russians is the USA. China has a long way to go before it gets to the level of Russia or the USA.

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