I don’t agree with you – PrisonerOfWar.
It has been in my experience that India is usually taken out by Japan on turn 1. Everytime that I have ever built an I.C. on India (with U.K. on turn one) – it has fallen into Japanese hands. India only has 2 infantry and 1 fighter. All Japan has to do is attack it with the following:
2 infantry and 1 fighter from French Indochina-Burma (fighter lands back in French Indochina-Burma);
2 infantry (via transport) from Phillipines;
1 bomber from Japan (bomber lands in French Indochina-Burma);
and if Russia didn’t eliminate or playing RR – 1 fighter from Manchuria (fighter lands in French Indochina-Burma).
Japan can then reinforce French Indochina-Burma with 2 infantry from Japan (via transport), 1 fighter from the aircraft carrier in the Caroline Islands sea zone and 1 fighter from the Phillipines.
This will leave French Indochina-Burma with 2 infantry (possibly 4 – see below), 3 fighters (or 4 if Manchuria’s fighter survives Russia’s attack or playing RR) and 1 bomber.
China only has 2 infantry and 1 fighter. Japan can also attack China with the following:
2 infantry from Kwangtung;
3 infantry from Manchuria (if playing RR);
and 1 fighter from Japan (fighter lands in French Indochina-Burma.
NOTE: If not playing RR … Japan should move 2 infantry from Kwangtung to French Indochina-Burma to boost up defensives and prepare for attacking China and/or Sinkiang on turn 2.
If Japan bought buys an I.C. (and places it on French Indochina-Burma) and saves the rest (10 I.P.C.'s) or buys a transport (and saves 2 I.P.C.'s) … look out in turn two!
It doesn’t matter what U.S. does – Japan will eliminate them from Asia in turn 2.
This is a Japanese victory in Asia anyway you spell it.