Which country is powerful: China or India?
Gopal Das, worked at Union Bank Of India (1984-2017)（在印度联邦银行工作）
Answered Sep 1
Powerful in what sense? Surely Chinese economy is 6th-7th time bigger than India's. It's three major defence services - land, air and navy, are also much bigger than India. So China is more powerful than India. But in actual war India will give a toughest blow to China due to India's advantageous position. It hold a much strategically important position in the Bay of Bengal and Indian ocean, where it can disconnect the Chinese crude oil supply route. In LAC India's mountain brigade holds such an upper hand position that to counter 1.5 lakh military China has to amass about 13.5 lakes of soldiers.
Vivek Attri, works at Model United Nations
Answered Sep 5
I am an Indian and also proud to be, and this character of mine makes me go on arguing with anyone who says anything wrong about my country. But being an Indian I am an ethical person(taught by my nation) on the same line. So speaking True about the powerful nations out of China and India, keeping a rock on my heart I would call China more powerful than INDIA. But that doesn't mean China can subdue India. No doubt that India is the leader of the third world countries and also possess nuclear power but when it comes on accounting of the powers China steal the place.
China dwarfs India in overall defence capabilities. Its defence budget stands at $152 billion against India's $51 billion, which is three times that of India.
India has around 1.2 million active personnel, 4,426 combat tanks, 6,704 armoured fighting vehicles, 290 self-propelled artillery, 7,414 towered artillery and 290 rocket projectors.
On the other hand, China has around 2.3 million personnel in active service with 6,457 in combat tanks, 4,788 armoured fighting vehicles, 1,710 self-propelled artillery, 6,246 towered artillery and 1,770 rocket projectors.
China's naval assets include 714 vessels, with one aircraft carrier, 51 frigates, 35 destroyers, 35 corvettes, 68 submarines, 220 patrol craft and 51 mini warfare vessels.
India's naval assets include 295 vessels, with three aircraft carriers (one each in service, under construction and being planned), 14 frigates, 11 destroyers, 23 corvettes, 15 submarines, 139 patrol craft and six mini warfare vessels.
India's nuclear stockpile has around 130 warheads. Minimum tactical missile range is about 150 km, farthest strike distance tested successfully is 5,000-6,000 km (Agni -V). Surya, an intercontinental ballistic missile being developed, has a range up to 16,000 km.
China has a nuclear stockpile of 270 warheads. Chinese Intercontinental ballistic missiles can strike targets as far as 15,000 km. A missile shield guards China from incoming missiles by intercepting them before they reach Chinese territory. China has at least 90 ICBMs out of which 66 are land-based and 24 are submarine-based.