I'm writing backstory for a project.
The year is 2022. China has just attempted to seize Taiwan and solidify their control of the South China Sea. However, their plan has backfired; Taiwan mounted stiffer than expected resistance, buying enough time for JSDF (Acting under "Regional Stability" laws)/US forces to arrive and repel the attack. The following days, the US Pacific Fleet laid waste to their Chinese counterparts, and the JSDF assisted in blockading mainland China. The Russian Federation has opted to stay neutral, but has reinforced its borders as part of a containment effort; mostly just a political show of force so they can't be blamed for not taking a stance.
The problem is this: You need to force regime change in the most populous country on the planet. China can field millions of reservists with little effort. They have a massive home-field advantage, and even though their citizens have been under decades of oppression, their propaganda machine ensures that they will at best treat you with suspicion; Nobody is going to welcome your liberators.
- Over the past few years numerous Chinese human rights violations have been exposed. International support is on your side, but given the scale of the possible conflict other nations are reluctant to lend support.
- Internally, there's not a huge amount of opposition to the war, and recruiting has gone up quite a bit now that the media has been spinning this as a good vs evil war. However, starting a Draft is still political suicide. People view this as America doing the right thing, but not protecting its own interests. You can at best double the size of our current forces
- Much the same as it is today. There's a few railgun-equipped Zumwalts at your disposal, self guided artillery shells are a bit more common, and special forces have improved upon early Stealth Helicopters, but beyond that things are mostly the same; you still give your grunts M16s, they still use Type 98s.
- As far as infantry is concerned, man-portable anti-tank weapons have become more prolific and effective for both sides. Almost every other grunt carries something that can damage heavy armor.
- What are the best options for deposing the Peoples Republic of china?
- How do you minimize Blufor casualties?
- How can you achieve victory with a minimum of Chinese bloodshed?
- What would the involvement of NATO member-states look like? Would the UK and France lend their support or is it just going to be the US and regionals?
- Would oft-overlooked nearby nations get involved? I can't recall ever seeing the Indian army in fiction, and this is in their backyard.