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China (also see separate Hong Kong and Taiwan entries) military

    Military branches: People's Liberation Army (PLA), which includes the Ground Forces, Navy (includes Marines and Naval Aviation), Air Force, Second Artillery Corps (the strategic missile force), People's Armed Police (internal security troops, nominally subordinate to Ministry of Public Security, but included by the Chinese as part of the "armed forces" and considered to be an adjunct to the PLA in wartime)

    Military manpower—military age: 18 years of age

    Military manpower—availability:
    males age 15-49: 361,267,706 (1999 est.)

    Military manpower—fit for military service:
    males age 15-49: 198,398,601 (1999 est.)

    Military manpower—reaching military age annually:
    males: 10,273,696 (1999 est.)

    Military expenditures—dollar figure: $12.608 billion (FY99); note-Western analysts believe that China's real defense spending is several times higher than the official figure because several significant items are funded elsewhere

    Military expenditures—percent of GDP: NA%

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