There goes diplomacy Oh man, we really seem to be nothing more than monkeys with sticks and stones...
As long as we have the freedom to be the monkies we want to be we won't need to use the sticks and stones. If China expands and imposes it's will on the world the suffering will be greater and more drawn out than any war. Our recent ancestors gave up their lives to protect our freedoms, the least we could do is not let those freedoms slip away to the monstrosity of a machine that is China.
The cost of pushing China back within their borders heavily outways the cost of and the lives lost. I don't think many people in this thread who've replied to me realise the threat of China and how much they have manipulated western society, there is a clear end game visable in their approach, it's an invasion through corporate, technological and ideological means. But hey, China numba wan, right! No one fights and someday we will have to agree with that statment or risk being disappeared. At least the social credit system will make life more fun, we as gamers might actually succeed at the cost of all dignity and we give up games entirely of course.
A clear endgame visible? Really? Pax Americana? The much propagated "end of history?" Do any of these ring a bell to you? Or do these "freedoms" only apply to you and you only? Where was that much-touted freedom in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, most of Latin America or Africa? Where they decimated by the nasty Chinese influence as well? You are talking about an open war as a quick solution, yet the US is bogged down in several military quagmires and millions of innocent lives where and are constantly lost.
I'm really sorry, but even though there are clear issues with China, absolutely disgusting propaganda and "monstrosity machinery" analogies apply to any global power at any time in history.
Your freedom for which your ancestors gave their lives were paid by the blood of Native Americans and slaves in general, so don't you dare bring that bullshit into the discussion. The freedom that was "won" was only for the privileged few.
Is China any better? Who knows, but hey, at least they did not go around the world and bombed millions in the name of a failed ideal