reply to post by SplitInfinity
The U.S. forces in Asia, without reinforcement, could not defeat China. Most of the technology and personnel in Asia are defensive batteries, a couple
attack aircraft (which would get swamped by the nearly 6,000-strong Chinese Air Force) and a couple Cruisers.
China, can bring 3 million men into war (trained), and 40-100 million in total war (Russia had a pop. of 150m in WW2 and had over 25 million soldiers)
which would still leave them with a 1.2-1.25 billion- man workforce.
China also has their own domestically built missiles, the Iranian Scud- variant, the N. Korean Scud- D variant, the Syrian Yahkont and Iskander super
cruise missiles and the Russian cast offs.
China could grind through most of Asia before the U.S. could bring their military to bear on China.
Sure, the U.S. is powerful in a straight up fight, but China has the home field advantage, shorter supply lines, more men, a greater number of air
craft (in the region) and let's not forget it was China who gave us the likes of Sun Tzu.
The U.S. would win in a quick shoot out, but they'd take a huge casualty rate and the cost would be detrimental to the States.
China has ICBM's capable of hitting the U.S. Western Seaboard, missiles capable of hitting U.S.N. Forces from another continent, and the
industrial-economic strength to replenish whatever losses they may incur.
So, don't think China would be a walk in a park. China is not Saddam-Iraq (who were choked by international sanctions and only sold second rate
equipment). They are a modern superpower with 300-2,500 nuclear missiles (China has said any war with the U.S. and they'll nuke outright, the U.S.
doesn't even know how many nukes are in China, or where all of them are) and delivery systems capable of eradicating the U.S. Western seaboard.
Off Topic Question:
The Chinese Ship Killing ICBM's aren't very accurate, but when you tie in the 'we will nuke' mentality, do you think China might utilize it's
nuclear arsenal to take out the ships? 2 miles (the immediate blast radius) would be enough range to counter the CER of the missiles and completely
wipe clean any forces in that blast zone.