The Chinese player used an Op 12 to move his entire South China force into the South China Sea.
The U.S. player rolled event 33 and had to draw a unit from his reinforcement cup and place beneath the 'Venezuela and Cuba' marker. The unit picked was a CVN. For his move, the naval units in Kyushu entered the Yellow Sea.
Turn 2 - The PRC moved his southern fleet into the Gulf of Tonkin, leaving behind his large submarine force as a threat to the U.S. around Taiwan. The U.S. player combined his fleets in the East China Sea.
Turn 3 - The PRC player landed a Marine in the Spratley islands, picking up 6 Victory Points (VP's).
The U.S. player rolled Random Event 45, causing Tibet to revolt and the PRC player had to place 1 unit under that marker. The U.S. player then called for reinforcements (Op 8), and received a Mech brigade in the Holding Box.
Turn 4 - The PRC player rolled an event '31', causing Sinkiang to rebel and requiring dispatch of two ground units to sit out the war under that counter. For his Op, the PRC selected #25 and launched an SSM attack on the newest U.S. CVX, causing it one hit. The U.S. player secretly had an ASAT/BMD Hyperwar chit in his hands, but opted to save it for a possibly more critical time later.
For his Op, he again selected #8 and this time received 4 new units from the cup. Fearful of the PRC SSM, the US side used an SFOPS chit to try and take it out, landing commandos in mainland China. Unfortunately the operation failed.
Turn 5 - The PRC player moved his Southern Fleet into the Palawan Passage, in preparation to assaulting Borneo and possibly Palawan Island (part of Philippines, which would bring that nation into the war). The U.S. rolled Event 53, allowing for two simultaneous Ops to be taken. Rarely does destiny provide such opportunity, and the U.S. player was quick to take it.
First, he divided his fleet into one consisting of all submarines but the two SSGN's and added a few Japanese surface groups for good measure. Then he used an Op 14 to sail into the South China Sea, where his force promptly massacred 6 PRC Submarines to loss of 3 Japanese SAG's and 2 U.S. SSNs. He paused briefly to expend another SFOPS chit trying to deal with the SSM, but again failed. With another Op 14, he sailed his remaining force to directly confront the PRC surface force. A very bloody battle was fought, with the loss of both PRC aircraft carriers, the CG, and a SAG to three Allied submarine units.
Though all but 1 of the Allied units, a Japanese submarine, had been sunk the action this turn made the Chinese fleet into a weak ghost of it's former power. Still, there were a few amphibious ground units and barely enough SAG's to protect against roving bomber attacks. But there was no way to deny that the wind had definitely gone out of the Chinese sails, at least for the moment.