Desperate To Avoid a Bloody Beach-Assault, Chinese Troops Could Try Sneaking Into Taiwan
By David Axe
One expert doubts that China would risk this kind of direct, conventional assault. Bernard Cole, a professor at the U.S. National War College in Washington, D.C., said a sneak-attack is more likely.
Yes, rockets and commandos might attack first. After that initial wave of attacks, the PLA could switch to unconventional methods. “I see the primary PLA effort to be SOF and missiles,” Cole said. “And I don’t think a large-scale, John-Wayne-charges-up-the-beach amphibious assault will be used.”
“It’s much easier, in my view, to embark troops in large container ships flying third-country flags to moor in Kaohsiung [in southern Taiwan] and Keelung [in northern Taiwan] … and perhaps that day’s ‘commercial’ flights from the mainland to various Taiwan airports.”