Several US analysts fear that in the end the PCC will not be able to retain power unless it becomes increasingly nationalistic and war mongering. Eventually, they fear, they will have no alternative but war.
Possible, but the hope that something may change is also a good reason not to rush this outcome. I mean a trade war does not necessarily leads to war, Chinese are very aware they have cheated after they accessed WTO and they thought sooner or later the feast would be over, they have stolen more than they ever hoped they would, they are satisfied. Fucking around with Taiwan and the man-made islands would be a blow-out.
To put things into context: china foreign trade has been coming down every years as a % of GDP for the last 3 to 5 years. Today China’s export are 20% of GDP, down from 30%, same as India up from 10 to 20%. In 2016 India passed China for the 1 st ever as FDI destination. China’s economy has become more and more domestic oriented for several year as if they were planning for a protectionist back lash.
As far as war, it does not necessarily means a war against USA, it could be a limited war against Vietnam, like Deng did in 1979 to consolidate his power