posted on Mar, 2 2005 @ 12:32 PM
Yes - they have all that stuff - and they are still about 3000 vessels short of having barely enough transport capability to even attempt an
amphibious assault against a landmass more than 100 nm away.
Take a good look at what the Allies needed to do in order to pull off Operation Overlord:
- A 5000-vessel armada transporting over 150,000 men and nearly 30,000 vehicles.
- Six parachute regiments -- over 13,000 men -- were flown from nine British airfields in over 800 planes.
- 300 planes dropped 13,000 bombs over coastal Normandy immediately in advance of the invasion.
- 10,000 casualties in the first 24 hours alone.
Now, imagine trying to replicate this feat, without the element of surprise, against a island nation that is twice as far away, in deep waters.
Taiwan has little or no beaches suitable for this kind of amphibious landing, and they would most certainly be aided, either directly or indirectly,
by the US. The Germans had the problem of trying to guess where the Allies would land - the Taiwanese have no such problems. The Taiwanese Air Force
also has comparable numbers and quality of AC to the Chinese, who will have to fly over water to their target, face hardened defenses and fighters
with home field advantage.
China would be really foolish to try this, but hey, they are inscrutable, so who knows what they will do........