China are certainly starting to prepare for some sort of war as they see it.
This change in their military doctrine for the first time in 2001 evidence as much:
China have been trying to subtly coerce smaller nations for a long time.
It is about time that the US recently have stood up to the CCP as good luck if you think China being the super power in the world would be better.
Communism globally would be carnage and won’t ever fully happen.
It has always failed anywhere it has been attempted and resulted in mass death and destruction anywhere it has been tried.