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Well, it doesn't really matter. I mean like if we are at war, it depends on what our generals do and attack.

China: 2nd largest economy, world's largest population and largest army. Has nuclear weapons, United States is its rival. Friends with other communist nations such as North Korea and China is still communist to this day. Going to war with China might start World War III.

United States: Number One economy, Has second largest army, Fought in WWI,WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War,Gulf War, Afghanistan,Iraq, Other Middle Wast countries and Britain for years but now allies like American Revolution and the War Of 1812. First country with nuclear weapons. Has 3/3 most powerful weapons on earth. One of them would be WMD ( weapons of mass destruction like chemical, biological and nuclear). Allies with almost every country on Earth. Current Superpower. Going to war with U.S would take years, with help with United Nations, NATO, alliance with Asian countries and most of Europe.

Russia: Big country. About larger than U.S and China! It has the #5 largest army. It has the highest stockpile of chemical weapons since the Soviet Union. Friends with communist countries like North Korea and the "Axis Of Evil". Pretty powerful. Going to war with Russia would take years to end.

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Yes China is catching up faster than any country on earth. American weapons technology is more advanced and durable how ever in my opinion modern military tech relies heavily on computers. The communist states produce good designs and have probably the best computer scientist who can hack any computer on earth even the presidents. Their guns fire bullets accurate enough to kill and their tanks have cannons and treads like any other country. They also are now self-reliant on their own technology which means if war ever started, they would be able to build their own technology at a faster rate than any other country since their economy is rising 10% a year while USA is falling -1% a year. If war ever broke out then China would easily out produce any country in the world since they have the money any man power.

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Soldier for soldier, it's doubtful that the PLA would outperform the US Army. As for the question, it's much more complicated.

China has the world's largest standing army, but it is geared for defence, rather than force projection. Thus, if China were to try invading the US mainland, it would most likely fail. But, were the US to try invading the Chinese mainland, it would also result in failure.

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Strong in numbers, weak in technology. Strong with money, weak with allies.

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