ROC’s Armed Forces are world’s 13th most pow­er­ful, says re­port

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Tai­wan’s mil­i­tary strength was rated the world’s 13th strong­est, with the United States top­ping the global mil­i­tary power rank­ings, ac­cord­ing to the latest re­search re­port pub­lished by Switzer­land-based multi­na­tional fi­nan­cial ser­vices Credit Suisse.

The U.S. topped the list, with an over­all score of 0.94, ac­cord­ing to the Septem­ber re­port by the Credit Suisse Re­search In­sti­tute. It was fol­lowed by Rus­sia (0.8), China (0.79), Ja­pan (0.72), In­dia (0.69), France (0.61), South Korea ( 0.52), Italy ( 0.52), the United King­dom (0.5) and Tur­key (0.47), ac­cord­ing to the re­port on the trend of glob­al­iza­tion.

With a score of 0.41, Pak­istan was rated No. 11, fol­lowed by Egypt (0.34), Tai­wan (0.32), Is­rael ( 0.32), Aus­tralia ( 0.3), Thai­land (0.28), Poland (0.23), Ger­many (0.19), In­done­sia (0.12) and Canada ( 0.1), the re­port showed.

To give a sense of how ma­jor mil­i­tary pow­ers re­late to each other, Credit Suisse cre­ated a weighted mil­i­tary strength in­dex which iden­ti­fies six key el­e­ments of mod­ern war­fare (only con- ven­tional war ca­pa­bil­i­ties were con­sid­ered): ac­tive per­son­nel, tanks, at­tack he­li­copters, air­craft, air­craft car­ri­ers and sub­marines, the re­port said.

Based on these el­e­ments of mil­i­tary strength, the re­port only listed the top 20 na­tions.

“Our anal­y­sis re­veals the mil­i­tary su­pe­ri­or­ity of the United States in con­ven­tional war ca­pa­bil­i­ties com­pared to its close ri­vals. Its fleet of 13,900 air­craft, 920 at­tack he­li­copters, 20 air­craft car­ri­ers and 72 sub­marines far out­weighs the mil­i­tary might of any of its close ri­vals and so does its de­fense spend­ing worth US$610 bil­lion in 2014, which is far more than the com­bined mil­i­tary ex­pen­di­tures of the next nine coun­tries in our in­dex,” the re­port said.

The re­port, how­ever, noted that con­ven­tional forces are not the only in­di­ca­tor of mil­i­tary strength.

“Rus­sia and the United States ac­count for more than 90% of global in­ven­to­ries of nu­clear weapons ac­cord­ing to data pro­vided by Stock­holm In­ter­na­tional Peace Re­search In­sti­tute’s (SIPRI) Year­book 2015,” it added.

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