This started began as a reply in this thread. And should be expounded upon.
, but I think it has merit.
I don’t think that a war between the US/West vs. China will happen outright, but rather it will start with one or the others allies in the Asian
region, and escalate from there.
War is about resources; don’t let anybody tell you different. Always has been and it always will be. Race, Religion and Ideology are just factors to
be used to drum up the support of the people.
North Korea is currently starving; they could well launch an attack on South Korea just to gain more resources (and possibly thin the herd some). If
this were to happen the likelihood of the US and China getting dragged in is pretty high.
Then we have all the posturing of China in the South China Sea which is quite rich in rare metals, oil and natural gas. The US has plenty of defense
agreements with Nations in that region as well. Taiwan, Philippines, Japan, not to mention AUS/NZ to the south. Again, the likelihood of the US
getting dragged in is pretty high.
If you pay attention to the diplomatic and saber rattling language coming out of that region you will notice that none of the players have used any
Race, Religion or Ideology messages. Though you will see that resources are brought up frequently.
I can see China trying to seize the islands that Japan also claims, but logistically that would be a challenge for them as those islands are also
quite easily within Japans reach. I guarantee that Japan would call for her allies to help as well. You can’t get to the resources if they are
continuously being bombed and fought over.
Thankfully, cooler heads are prevailing for the moment. The economic warfare will continue as usual.
But changes in leadership by any of the Nations could bring about a whole new set of scenarios. For better or worse.
China and the US will face off against each other economically, but not militarily unless they have to in my opinion. If the later come to pass, then
all bets are off the table.
It is still a touch and go subject regarding all Nations involved. Please keep your emotions in check and try to respond using critical thought. After
all, we can’t wish these tensions away, no matter how much we would like to.