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This post was edited by abramicus at 2012-12-24 12:15|
JAPAN'S USE OF 8 FIGHTER JETS TO HARRASS THE CHINESE MARINE SURVEILLANCE PLANE OVER DIAOYUDAO, TWICE IN A ROW, A WEEK APART, IS A CHALLENGE TO THE PLA TO GO TO WAR.
Except, this war can only be justified in the context of the Potsdam Proclamation, and therefore, must include the Japanese mainland, not eventually, but instantly.
China needs to be prepared for the worst if it wishes to win this tiny skirmish, because it can only win strategically, not tactically. Japan wants China to limit the war to a showdown between the local air force in Fujian and Guangzhou vs the air force in Okinawa. China will lose if it does not widen the war to every point on the map, because only in the broadest theater does its advantage shine.
Why number of planes and number of directions, and number of points of combat, favor the technologically weaker side (China) - the same principle why guerrilla warfare by the primitive Vietnamese forces won over the technologically superior Allies.
The principle is called the N-Squared Rule. If m is the technological superiority of a unit, and n is the number of units, then the total fighting capacity of the total units is equal to m*n^2 if the theater is a flat 2-D space on land, at sea or in the air. For example, if you line up 100 soldiers of A that have shorter range weapons, and face them off against a line of 10 soldier of B, and if they advance in parallel to each other, they are equally matched. But, if they are arranged end to end, the B solidiers will win because all the A soldiers will be wiped out by the greater range of their weapons. Numbers win over technology if the direction of battle is extended to 2 or 3 dimensions, because the advantage to numbers rises by the power of 2 or 3, enough to compensate for all technological deficiencies. A fight between a string of planes from China and Japan all headed toward a point on the map, Dioayudao, favors the technologically advanced Japanese planes. But a swarm of planes from the entire coast of China toward the entire coast of Japan favors China as long as China has more planes than japan.