Truck mounted ASM and missile boats are nothing without cooperative engagement capability due to the radar horizon. They can't see more than 30 km or so to the horizon and for truck mounted ASM, if placed on a mountain inland, will have to deal with short range radar clutter from trees/environment that ASMs weren't designed for, have to deal with maneuver around obstacles, and reduce the range by being further inland.I always thought MLRS with range to hit the island from the mainland would be the "end". I never took those MLRS firing from cargo ships too seriously as that would still be too vulnerable.
BM deployed by PLA forces was always meant to counter the "high end" ROCAF assets. BM is not a cheap weapon, so it is "like for like".
So the purpose of the "Porcupine strategy" of ROC became distributing lower end but high firepower assets spread throughout the theatre to make it expensive to knockout. Basically Truck mobile AShM and Tuo Chiang boats.
Many people think drones are the way to go, but drones are still very expensive and vulnerable to SHORAD such as Stingers and AA cannons.
MLRS still has the vulnerability, but should come at a much lower price, while still providing good accuracy when equipped with Beidou guidance. So what do you really do to counter this threat?
Missile boats have no air defense, they're a sitting duck for planes.