JR Lopez Gonzales 4:19 PM 16
The Philippine government has proposed taking the Scarborough Shoal (Panatag Shoal) issue to the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea, but the Chinese government has rejected this, insisting on bilateral discussions .
Now, taken into consideration the grave possibility that two countries fight past the current standoff, this blog made a comparative analysis of the Philippine Armed Forces’ capability vis-à-vis that of China’s People's Liberation Army (PLA).
My detailed tabular presentation was patterned after that of the GlobalFirePower website. (http://www.globalfirepower.com/countries-comparison-detail.asp):
Total Population 1,336,718,015 (#1) 101,833,938 (#12)
Square Land Area 9,596,961 km 300,000 km
|The Chinese Red Army.|
|The Philippine Army|
Defense Budget $100,000,000,000 $2,439,510,000
Military Manpower Available 749,610,775 50,649,196
Fit for Military Service 618,588,627 41,570,732
Reaching Military Age Yearly 19,538,534 2,081,388
Active Military Personnel 2,285,000 120,000
Active Military Reserves 800,000 130,000
Basic Military Salary  6,000 yuan (952.87 USD) 18,000 Pesos (422.94 USD)
Total Land-Based Weapons 47,575 2,379
Towed Artillery 25,000 309
Infantry Vehicles 7,700 559
Tanks 9,200 126
Anti-Tank Guided Weapons 1250 400
Navy Ships 972 120
Anti-Aircraft Weapons 750 200
Multi-Launch Rocket System 2,600 0
Total Naval Units 972 120
Merchant Marine Strength 2,012 428
Major Ports and Terminals 8 6
Major Serviceable Airports 502 254
Aircraft Carriers 1 0
Destroyers  55 1
Frigates [ibid.] 47 2
Submarines 63 0
Total Aircraft 5,176 289
Patrol Coastal Aircraft 870 128
Fighter Planes 5,845 289
Attack Helicopters 632 159
Mine Warfare Craft 52 0
Amphibious Operations Craft 233 10
Foreign Reserves $2,876,000,000,000 $62,370,000,000
Purchasing Power $10,090,000,000,000 $351,400,000,000
Oil Production (in bbl*) 4,273,000 bbl 9,671 bbl
Oil Consumption 9,189,000 bbl 307,200 bbl
Proven Oil Reserves 20,350,000,000 bbl 168,000,000 bbl
Total Labor Force 815,300,000 38,900,000
Roadway Coverage 3,860,800 km 213,151 km
Railway Coverage 86,000 km 995 km
Waterway Coverage 110,000 km 3,219 km
Coastline Coverage 14,500 km 36,289 km
*bbl = Barrel of Oil (1 bbl = 42 US Gallons or 159 litres)
The website GlobalFirePower notes that China has the world's largest army. It is ranked 3rd for overall global firepower while the Philippines ranked 23rd overall.
The Philippines’ sole destroyer named, “BRP Gregorio del Pilar” was a gift from the Americans in boosting our naval control. Unfortunately, it has no Harpoon anti-ship missiles, no surface to air missile capability, no anti-submarine warfare capability, or Phalanx electric Gatling gun.
One should also take note of China’s brawny submarines (composed of 53 conventional and 10 nuclear). According to GlobalFirePower website , “both the diesel-powered and nuclear-powered submarines used by China are clearly designed for more than protecting China’s coast”. The Chinese submarines could, in fact, pose a threat to American aircraft carriers.
In October 2006 a Chinese submarine “stalked” a U.S. aircraft carrier and approached within firing range without being detected. In January 2008, a Chinese submarine followed the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk in the Taiwan Strait but was detected and monitored with antisubmarine aircraft. Analysts say that in the future China could be able to approach an aircraft carrier and possibly sink it with a missile.
Although in comparison to the US, China is a relatively small player in the weapons export business, selling about $380 million of weapons a year, compared to $7 billion by the United States. Apparently, the Chinese Navy is relatively weak compared to the United States. It has one aircraft carrier, compared to 24 out of the world’s 36 possessed by the United States, and has 263,064 tons of naval vessels compared to 2.86 million tons possessed by the United States (the world’s total is 4.04 million tons).
Obviously the Philippines Armed Forces has to be modeled after the Prussian-Germanic on Tanks, Russian for its choppers and US on the logistics-air force supply. Concerning reservists (that of Israel’s) and active duty (that of the French or the Yankees).Only through that kind of Philippine Armed Forces would Red China think twice.
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 "China deploys gunboat". Philippine Daily Inquirer. April 20, 2012. http://globalnation.inquirer.net/34021/china-deploys-gunboat