it doesn't work this way.After 2050, will China be richer than Taiwan? More ecological and beautiful? More efficient, more longer lived and happier?
If so, the Taiwanese people might want to reunify of their own accord, which would be the greatest victory of all. Very Sun Tzu.
So F-35 is pointless?unless they decided to reduce it to a maximum three internal BVRAAM, but at that point you might as well not bother building a fighter at all
The useful minimum is actually two. Theoretically, it's also an optimum for the point defense intercept scenario.
Yes, the practice has always shown that 4>2, but when you can't fit more, 2 is useful enough.