Again, I think the airborne troops are optional and opportunistic, depending upon how the war unfolds.
I understand. My views on the use of airborne troops is... far more skeptical, to the extent that the use of airborne troops would only really be viable in a Taiwan contingency if the opfor's conventional organized military is basically already defeated.
As an aside and related topic, how helicopters are deployed in a Taiwan contingency is probably more relevant, as PLA/PLAN rapidly increases the sizes of their helicopter fleets. Here we're not just talking about helicopters carried by 075s and 071s, but more importantly those flying directly from the mainland to Taiwan as the distance is not very long. I've read before some retired general (vice commander of Nanjing Military District, no less) also talked about Army helicopters potentially leveraging 075s as staging platforms in between mainland and Taiwan. In that case, a lot more helicopters will be available.
The airborne part, both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, is relatively new and emerging platforms for PLA. They probably need some time and experience to integrate them into their overall plan and strategy.
I think transport helicopters, and especially attack helicopters, would be quite relevant in a Taiwan contingency.
Albeit, as I've written above in the discussion with plawolf, I believe the PLA lacks the capability to adequately support a large scale heliborne assault now, and into the foreseeable futur.e
I believe the bottleneck is personnel and operation and tactics. These 075s are their first LHDs. They'll start to build new batches after a while I suppose.
Indeed. Though I was talking about 075s and 071s together. "Large amphibious assault ships" in general, I suppose is what I meant.