Gentlemen, We have debated on this topic at another place and I found the matter very interesting while being very intrigueing as well. Colonel Blasko, former US Defence Attache to China (read a spy) gave a presentation on the Chinese Armed Forces, making an observation, that to the PLA, deterrence is an OPOBJ. This basically states, that the Chinese will engage in military action against a smaller enemy in order to deter a larger enemy. The obvious example of this was the 1979 1st Sino-Vietnam War in which the PLA attacked Vietnam to deter a Soviet attack on China. It is also interesting to note that there hasn't been even one single war dating back to the Napoleonic Wars in Western military history that would be the case. However, for the Chinese, this has been normal practice ever since Sun Tzu's The Art of War. I will thus represent the question ..... Has anyother military other than the Chinese Armed Forces fought small wars in order to deter a larger one? Aside : I have reasons to believe that Brigadier Ray has gone through Colonel Blasko's presentation, therefore his eval on this will be invaluable.