Due to my father un-installing his Vista and re-installing XP, my time was limited last night. The joys of being the family computer tech.
When I finally got home I did make it in time to get to the escalation. Took a while but cargo2000 came along to help. It turns out that so long as you get to the site in time the rats do re-spawn after down time and we did get another True Sansha. No luck on an expensive drop but at least we know the rats re-spawn over downtime and it does not affect the ability of the site to continue the escalation.
The next step was (after an internet search) the last one. Unfortunately, being unable to read Chinese, I did not catch that the NPC station puts off a rather violent smart bomb. It one-shot-ed my wolf. Ouch.
I decided to dock up for the evening and we'll see about going back tonight.