Budget: $216 billion
Active frontline personnel: 2,333,000
Total aircraft: 2,860
The Chinese military has grown rapidly in terms of size and capability in the past few decades. In terms of raw manpower, it's the largest military in the world. It also has the second-largest tank fleet behind Russia and the second-largest submarine fleet behind the US.
China has also made rapid strides in its military-modernization program, now developing a range of potentially game-changing military technologies, including ballistic missiles and fifth-generation aircraft.
A Chinese soldier takes part in a drill during heavy snow in Heihe, Heilongjiang Province.