WAR games have given worried leaders the chance to roll out their fierce armies and armadas amid global threats and rising tensions.
A mighty armada sailed around the Neeva River in St Petersburg, while thousands of commandoes were marched through Inner Mongolia.
Presidents Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping each addressed soldiers and officers telling them to be ready for any threat.
Just days later ferocious tanks competed in the 2017 International Army Games with 28 separate countries taking part.
But how exactly do the world’s armies compare?
North Korea (world ranking #23)
Military personnel: 6,455,000
Attack aircraft: 572
Naval Destroyers: 0
Kim Jong-Un may pose the biggest threat to global peace in 2017 with his continuous firing of Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) which he now claims could hit the US.
However, the exact capabilities will be relatively unknown from the secretive state.
North Korea is suffering from pass poverty yet a huge portion of its budget is pumped into the country’s massive 1,020,000 strong army.
The North Korean navy has 72 tactical submarines, three frigates and nearly 400 patrol vessels.
However, the county is believed to run on old – often obsolete – equipment.
Threats from the North come mainly from cyber attacks which the South have said are “among the best in the world”.
China (world ranking #3)
Military personnel: 3,712,500
Attack aircraft: 1,385
Naval Destroyers: 35
Beijing announced earlier in 2017 its military was to be expanded – especially the national people’s Liberation Army (PLA).
Military spending is set to increase by about 7 per cent, totalling around $147billion.
There are 2.3 million soldiers in the PLA, making the army the largest in the world.
The Chinese military has been protective over the South China Sea – where ownership is disputed among neighbouring nations.
Insistence upon ownership of Taiwan and war threats have worried global leaders.
Yet size is not everything, according to the UK Defence Journal.
It has been claimed China could not deploy and sustain such large numbers of troops in any conflict.
Military personnel: 2,363,675
Attack aircraft: 2,785
Naval Destroyers: 63
President Trump has vowed to increase the US’ military might since taking office in 2016.
The billionaire president increased spending by 10 per cent – or $54billion.
It has nearly 8,000 nuclear warheads in reserve, 13,900 aircraft, 920 attack helicopters and 72 submarines, along with 800 overseas military bases in 70 countries.
Daniel Kearns, former paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division said it is the most elite in the world.
He wrote: “The United States has engaged in every type of ground warfare in the last 20 years. From mountains to jungles, and from desert to urban, we have the some of the most experienced warriors in the world. No other country comes close to the amount of combat veterans that we have.”