Peshawar Lancers Redux: Asia

The Chinese 40th Army slugged it out with the Han Army and the Russians. The Chinese troops were some of the best Chinese troops and their commanders were well aware of the modern tactics to be used.. The Chinese T-59 tanks had the benefit of western technology which allowed them to more than match the Russian T-55. Super shermans had reportedly knocked out several IS-3 tanks. The Chinese Used firepower to break open a hole forcing the Russians to fall back. Then with aircover the Nationalist dropped a reinforced Parachute division near Shanghai releaving the pressure on the Shaghai International Airport.
A cease fire was arranged in the conflict in the Han Kingdom. The Chinese army had pushed to within 15 miles of linking up with the Airborne and western troops who held the city,port and airport. Still the Republic of China had made a massive gain along the coast.
The result of the war was that the government of Prime Minister Kao in Hawaii fell in the next election with the Liberal Democrats having a razor thin majority. Ambassador Kamehameha was expecting to be recalled by the new government but Prime Minister Paul Mercier decided against recalling the Ambassador. He did press for a withdrawal of Hawaiian forces from Shanghai but agreed to a phased withdrawal over 6 months while the Bombers that were in Hong Kong were recalled immediately.
Katherine Kamehameha visited the Republic of China as one of her first foreign diplomacy actions. She met with the Chinese President and addressed the Chinese Congress.The Hawaiian leader reassured the Chinese Government of Hawaii's friendship and support. Hawaii sold the Chinese its remaining stock of F-84 fighters and concluded a new trade agreement.. From China she and the Secretary of State flew to Japan where she discussed mutual concerns regarding Russia.
In 1959 a series of incidents began on the Chinese-Han border. Each time things began to escalate and then suddenly the Russians stepped in and things improved. In 1960 it restarted with the reequipped Han army challenging the Chinese. From low intensity the conflict grew to a major clash. Han armored units began a move on Shanghai. Vice President Moseby became the point man for the Eisenhower Administration. The administration was supporting the Republic of China Two carrier Battle Groups moved closer to the area.
The US and Royal Hawaiian Air Force struck at the Wuhan Lab completely destroying it. Japan provided intelligence on the region and what it had learned about it.
With the allied air attack the Russians did a rapid pull out of the Han Kingdom. Some of the Han Political and Military leadership defected to Russia. The Han Military began to rapidly collapse with some units surrendering to the advancing Nationalist Chinese Army. China received medical aide from the US, Hawaii and Britain. Chinese armored forces entered the Han capital and raised the flag of the Republic of China. The US, Britain, Hawaii and Japan pledged to give a combined total of $500 Million to help the recovery. Japan was giving $200 million of which half was assets of the former Han Kingdom that Japan had seized.
Japan had been invited to join the IASA by President Longstreet. It was the first Asian Country asked to join. Also invited was the Empire of Brazil.
March 1991 the government of Japan announced that it was granting the people of Formosa,also known as Taiwan,Independence.It ad been granted self rule in 1971.Present for the ceremony was the Prime Minister of Japan, King of Hawaii, Prime Minster of Hawaii and his wife, Hawaiian Secretary of State Patricia Nufro. Us Secretary of Stare, Philippine Secretary of State,,Australian Prime Minister, Singapore Prime Minister,Korean President, British Foreign Minister, Indian Secretary of State, French Foreign Minister, Spanish Ambassador to Japan, Brazilian Foreign Minister,Portuguese Foreign Minister. China did not attend as it considered the Island part of Historic China.
The US,Hawaii, Singapore,Korea Britain,Australia and Japan all set up embassies on the island.
Both Britain and India signed a renewal of the Anglo-Tibetan Mutual Security Pact Treaty. Great Britain and India had embassies in Tibet and the US and Hawaii joined them.
China set up an embassy in 1943. Britain had armed and trained the Tibetan Security Forces but with the transferring of the government from India back to Britian India began to take on a greater role. Great Britain had commercial interest in Tibet and did not want the Republic of China to invade the area. India felt the same way and continued to help supply Tibet with arms and other critical supplies.
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By the beginning of the 1990s India was supplying replacement arms for the Lee Enfield rifles, Sen SMGs and the Bren LMG. The American made M-3 and M-5 Half tracks were still operational as were the SP105mm guns in Half tracks and the 40mm guns that were also in half tracks The 18 Comet Tanks were still operational but were regarded as obsolete and needed either an upgrade or replaccement
Britain agreed to purchase 18 F-5E/F fighters from the US company with half being refurbished planes and the others new to be provided to Tibet In addition 24 new Armored Gun System Vehicles(light Main Battle tank were also being bought by the American manufacturer. They would replace the 18 Comet tanks which were obsolete. India was providing a new Radar tracking system for the airfield.
Prime Minister Nufro met with the Japanese Prime Minister in Japan. They held talks regarding trade and security. The Hawaiian Prime Minister followed the visit to Japan with a trip to Korea, then Taiwan next the Republic of China. There the Hawaiian leader sought assurances that China would not renew its claim to Tibet. He then flew to India where he had discussions with the Indian Prime Minister and the Tibetan Envoy.
India and Britain reassured the government of Tibet of their support for Tibetan Independence Both governments had helped to train and equip the Tibetan Armed Forces. The Dali Lama had been assured by a British Envoy of the continued support and had passed along a letter from both the US and Hawaiian Government that both were applying diplomatic pressure on China. While the Tibetan Defense Force was well trained and had a high morale it was small compared to the Chinese Military. Currently the Tibetan Defense Force consisted of two elements : the Army of 18,000 and an Air Force of 2,000. The Air Force had 18 American Made F-5E/F fighters, 6 Helicopters and 3 Radar sites and 48 Surface to air Missile Launchers.The US recommended setting up a trained reserve which would in time of emergency increase the sise of the Defense Forces to 46,000 ground and 5,000 air.
President Lee Chung of China seemed to be moving China toward a clash with its neighbors. He once again spoke of restoring Manchuria to China and also renewed the claim that Taiwan was part of China as well as Tibet. He also hinted that he wanted Hong Kong to be part of the Chinese Republic. These statements set off alarm bells in Tokyo,London, New Delhi .
The Royal Governor of Hong Kong met with the Military Commander and ordered the strengthening of the colonies defenses. There were currently 2 Brigades of troops consisting of 1 tank Battalion 6 Infantry and 2 Artillery Battalions. Th Royal Hong Kong Regiment was brought from cadre strength to full strength and the 2nd Rgt was also recalled to active duty as well as a tank battalion,artillery Bn and 3 Air Defense Regiments.
With the threat from the Republic of China the Royal Governor used his powers to reactivate the entire Royal Regiment of Hong Kong and thus more Battalions were recalled to the colors. It would take time to rebuild the forces but eventually the Hong Kong Defense Force would consist of 12 Battalions of Infantry, 4 of Artillery,2 armored and 2 air Defense plus the Royal Hong Kong Engineer Regiment. Major General William Daniels had requested the third brigade plus an additional armored Battalion and a Mechanized Infantry Regt as well as a self propelled Artillery Regt. Two squadrons of Tornadoes had been deployed to the Colony.
In Tibet Reservist were called up and India deployed a Gurkha Battalion to Tibet. The Indian Government was in the process of debating whether to deploy additional forces.
India ordered the remaining elements of an infantry Brigade plus a tank Battalion and an air defense artillery unit to Tibet. A squadron of French made Indian Air Force Fighter planes arrived in the Tibetan Capital.. A paratrooper Brigade was put on alert..Anti Air and antitank capable missiles were supplied to the Tibetan Military from supplies from the US
China's President had by his actions alienated many of his neighbors. To counter that problem he began to move toward better relations with Russia.
India and Britain signed an agreement with Tibet. As part of the Agreement India would deploy a reinforced Brigade in Tibet which would be replaced every 9 months with a different Brigade. Britain supplied the Tibetan Defense Force with Anti-air and Antitank missiles which would give its ground forces capability of defending against enemy air and tank forces. The Indian Brigade deployed to Tibet included 3 Infantry Battalions,1 Artillery Battalion,air defense company,Engineer Company, Battalion of tanks.
The Royal Crown Colony of Hong Kong had seen a lot of fortifications being put through renovation . Two Battalions of Royal Engineers joined the Royal Hong Kong Engineer Regiment in strengthening the defenses, A third Brigade of Regulars arrived bringing the Garrison up to nearly 6 Brigades.