China's GDP is 8x the size of Russia's. Why doesn't China have a stronger military than Russia?

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  • RICK
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    With the exceptions of nukes Chinas military is seen by most experts as being stronger than Russias

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  • 6 months ago

    China does not have a military. The Communist Party has a military. China's military is mostly to stop uprisings and to control the culture of China. It uses its threat of nuclear weapons to actually fight.

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  • 6 months ago

    Culturally speaking, the military is not considered a desirable career in the go-go economy of China. Then there's the fact that many of the higher ups in the PLA spend more time on their businesses than their actual commands. Then there is the fact that the "Red aristocrats" in China with multi-generational party connections hold a lot of power so promotions may not necessarily be on merit. Thus the GDP that you speak of is what holds back the PLA, as the best and brightest pass on being a low paid soldier. Which isn't to say that the PLA is completely impotent, just that it is nowhere near nimble.

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  • 6 months ago

    They are gradually expanding their military and it was never a source of income for China as Russia and the Soviet Union was. China was not even industrialized during the Cold War, they had no impetus to compete with the U.S. for military superiority. China was not anybody's concern because they had no stature in the world. China has been busy building their economy rather than wasting money engaging in war like the U.S.

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  • 6 months ago

    Actually they do. Have no illusions.

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  • sam
    Lv 6
    6 months ago

    Different culture and history

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  • 6 months ago

    The old Soviet Union always chose the Military vs. lifting their people out of poverty and improving the lives of their people.

    China has chosen to do the opposite and have lifted many millions out of poverty.

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    Russian women go into prostitution due to lack of jobs and even food outside the cities, but Russia spends their money on war machines. That's what my gram said at least

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  • Arch
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    I'm not sure they don't. They just don't deploy it all the time.

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  • Lili
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    For the obvious reason that they have not chosen to throw a lot of money into their military, at least not as much as Russia has They've chosen to put it elsewhere.

    Militaries don't happen by independent magic. Governments have to decide to fund and develop them.

    • Arch
      Lv 7
      6 months agoReport

      I think in raw currency, they spend AT LEAST as much money on their military, probably more. But yes, probably less as a percentage of their GDP. But also, they don't go around flexing their muscle all over the world. They don't go flashing it around.

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