PLAN SCS Bases/Islands/Vessels (Not a Strategy Page)

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  1. antiterror13
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    Radar, SAM, land based AShM, CIWS, long runway, etc ... may help you to understand it ... ;)

    Also don't you think China don't have subs, frigates, DDG, etc, etc
     
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    All i am saying is, as compared to the numerous installations on spratlys and paracels, a single installation on scarborough will be more susceptible to attack, comparatively.
     
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    why and how? are you trying moving the goal post? ;)
     
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    The very different strategies wrt Scarborough is actually a good illustration of the different thinking between chest and go players.

    In chess, you want to seize adventurous position as soon as you are able. Hence why most western analysists think China wants to build on Scarborough as soon as it is able, and that the only reason it hasn’t yet is because either China doesn’t think it is strong enough to defend that position, or are ‘deterred’ from doing so by western posturing.

    However, what most western analysis fail to understand and/or appreciate is that Chinese strategists are overwhelmingly go players. And in go, often the greatest advantages are had precisely by not taking ground, and instead leave that move unplayed, but ready, as a means of controlling and limiting what your opponent can do.

    China is not building on Scarborough because it sees keeping that move in reserve as a deterrent and counter as far more valuable than the geographical advantage they will get by actually building there.
     
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    The simple argument is that it'll be hard to defend as compared to paracel and spratly because of its isolation. The attacker hence might try to attack it first as it seems an easy target. From perspective of a defender, then, defending scarborough is harder because it provides more possibilities of favourable conditions to the attacker.
    On the other hand it also works as a first line defence and would help the groups at spratly and paracel to better withstand the attacker as the scarborough would have already faced the brunt of the attack and withered down the attackers force to some extent. For the defenders at scar, it'll obviously mean great losses.It is an awesome tactical advantage to operate from scar for the PLA force as a whole, but not for the units dispatched to it.
     
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    Unless US Navy has already sunk majority of PLAN, your scenario will not happen. If PLAN is gone, there is no point of having those island bases
     
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