posted on Dec, 13 2004 @ 02:55 PM
Keeping it covert and making it non-suspicious is indeed the primary concern.
I suppose for (just example, i love my Taiwanese motherboard ) China could use third parties to acquire a known ship that has been frequently passing
through the strait and have like a Greece front-office and a fillipino deckcrew or something....
To keep momentum, the close range missilelaunch against airfields, coastal defences and air defences, would have to be followed up IMMEDIATELY by a
naval taskforce landing on the island and establish a beachhead. speed is at the utmost importance because the Taiwanese generals could overcome their
initial chaotic moments at headquarters and the americans could get enough time to step in, something that would make the whole thing fail and could
lead to grand escalation in a way that the whole world is afraid of....
i could imaging the one or two oiltankers modified not only to contain cruisemissiles, but also a fleet of fast landingsboats in the belly (yeah I
have been watching too many James Bond movies) and a hollow space under the oiltanker to smuggle one or two submarines to defend the bridgehead
against attacks from the sea.
For all this to succeed the majority of the SAM sites and landingstrips would have to be knocked out or damged by the cruisemissiles, so that more
troops and material could be brought in quickly by airlift and also the chinese jetfighters would have hands more free to engage targets on the
ground. However I expect the Taiwanese millitary to be sensitive enough to have year round non-stop large patrols of their modern aircrafts , so I
expect you cannot take out their whole airfleet Pearl Harbour style and there would be a good deal of dogfiighting, but they would not have much free
room to bomb away at the enemy infantery as they will kept busy by the chinese jetfighters...
[edit on 13-12-2004 by Countermeasures]