The Chinese military is used as a tool of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to smooth its ambition of annexing Taiwan into PRC territory.
On the other hand, the Taiwan Armed Forces (ROC Armed Forces) did not remain silent.
Under the command of President Tsai Ing-wen, the Taiwanese military will defend the country’s sovereignty.
What is the map of the strength of the two countries’ military fleets?
According to data cited by VIVA Military from Global Firepower, China’s military fleet is clearly far superior to Taiwan’s troops.
The People’s Liberation Army, which is under the command of President Xi Jinping, is currently ranked 3rd in the world, with a Power Index of 0.0691.
With a total population of 1.38 billion inhabitants, China’s military fleet currently has 2.69 million personnel.
This number consists of 2.18 million active personnel and 510 thousand reservists.
Meanwhile, Taiwan’s military fleet is well below it with a Strength Index of 0.0691.
With that note, Taiwan’s military is 23 levels below the Chinese military, or to be precise, it is in 26th position.
However, despite only having a population of 23.5 million, Taiwan has a large number of troops.
It is noted that the current human resource force of the Taiwan Armed Forces is 1.82 million personnel.
That number consists of 165 thousand active personnel, while the other 1.65 million are reserve troops.
When it comes to ranking, Taiwan’s military is still even 10 levels below Indonesia.
Indeed, if seen from the current number of troops, the Indonesian National Army (TNI) only has 800 thousand personnel, consisting of 400 thousand active personnel and 400 thousand reserve troops.
Even with the strength of land and sea, Taiwan is also superior. In the land combat power sector, Taiwan has 1,180 tanks, while Indonesia only has 313 units.
Even in the air combat fleet sector. Taiwan has 289 combat aircraft, while the Indonesian Air Force (TNI AU) only has 41 fighter jets.
However, the strength of the Indonesian Navy (TNI AL) is superior in the marine combat fleet sector.
In total, the Indonesian Navy currently has 282 warships.
This number consists of seven frigates, 24 corvettes, 5 submarines, 156 patrol boats and 10 sea mine sweepers.
Meanwhile, Taiwan’s naval fleet only has 117 ships, consisting of four destroyers, 22 frigates, one corvette, four submarines, 36 patrol boats, and 10 marine minesweepers.