Want China Times
By: Chang Kuo-wei and Staff Reporter
Taiwan ranked No. 13 in a global military strength assessment published by Credit Suisse
at the end of September. The US, Russia, and China remain in the top three while Japan climbed to No. 4 from No. 9, with India sitting at the fifth spot, reports our Chinese-language sister newspaper Want Daily.
The analysis was based on a country’s capabilities in conventional war, and the overall ranking took into account active military personnel, tanks, aircraft, attack helicopters, aircraft carriers and submarines.
Japan is ten percentage points behind China in aircrafts, nine percentage points behind in submarines, five percentage points behind in attack helicopters, but 24 percentage points ahead in aircraft carriers.
Taiwan, up from No. 15, is 10 percentage points behind China in attack helicopters, closing the gap since its introduction of US-sold Apaches. [FULL STORY]