Isn't China able to get a massive ammount of pp aid from the US? I would have the Chinese stand in order to maximize casualties and force the Japanese to end the limited war.
So far, from both sides, in every game I've played of this scenario the Japanese player has made a major push in China that has either destroyed the Chinese, or come very close. It's just extremely unbalanced with the Japanese production advantage and ability to commit 40 carrier air to the ground warI think that the Chinese player needs to do a couple things in order to have any chance of survival against a reasonably competent player. One, is retreat to a solid line, away from the coast, asap. Not too far, otherwise you give up too much space and time. The other key thing is to preserve the Chinese engineers, get them to the rear, and start spamming factories. With their paltry pre-war industrial base, even the Chinese Conscripts cannot be be produced fast enough to replace the 100+ infantry losses per turn that the Japanese player is able to inflict. Another thing to do, while waiting for the EP's to build up enough for producing a factory is to research the higher level basic infantry and start upgrading whatever Rifle subformations are still alive.
One thing that I think needs to happen in order to break this routine play of the Japanese, is to have Partisans available from the beginning of the limited war in China, as there is nothing preventing the Japanese from using their coastal garrisons, and Marines, as frontline troops in China for almost a whole year, before they need to be repositioned for the coming Pacific battles. That's assuming, of course, a roughly historical timeline for Barbarossa. If the German player is able to delay that for a year, I see no hope, at all, for the Chinese, since the Japanese timetable is tied to the invasion of Russia, by the Major Offensive/Pacific Blitz options.
< Message edited by JAMiAM -- 1/25/2008 10:49:26 PM >