I must admit a curiosity in the possibility....
Would China use the contested islands as a ramping up strategy with a "Tough Test" of China VS US weapons?
Just how reliable and lethal are the Chinese aircraft anyway?
A very short war of even a few days or even a few hours could provide valuable capabilities estimates to gage a clash of titans.
Let's say a flash war resulted in:
(1) AIR: 6 US designed aircraft lost with no Chinese losses.
(2) SEA: Japan loses 4 ships in a naval clash and looses 10 submarines in a daylight air raid on the submarine pens. China looses no ships or submarines.
(3) LAND: Japanese remaining nuclear power plants damaged by high altitude bunker busters in fears of Japanese emerging capabilities to forge nuclear weapons.
(4) SPACE: 4 US/Japanese strategic satellites destroyed by Chinese surface-to-space weapons.
HOW WOULD THIS CHANGE THE WORLD?
-US debt crisis.
-US civil war over the "Go for the guns!"
-Chinese/Mexican military assistance to Texas and other like minded States seeking independence.
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