"China is not the only authoritarian regime in the world but it is the wealthiest, strongest and technologically most advanced. This makes Xi Jinping the most dangerous opponent of open societies. That’s why it’s so important to distinguish Xi Jinping’s policies from the aspirations of the Chinese people. The social credit system, if it became operational, would give Xi total control over the people. Since Xi is the most dangerous enemy of the open society, we must pin our hopes on the Chinese people, and especially on the business community and a political elite willing to uphold the Confucian tradition."
The softpower regime change arm of US imperialism lost it's chance with Tienanmen Square in 1989.
That was their one shot, one opportunity.
So, why do I bring this all up?
To show you what the most likely plan of action is for the US moving forward:
100 page document from the RAND corporation published in 2016 that outlines that the strategy the US has to "deal" with China. And it involves sacking the US navy to target Chinese infrastructure, to halt their economic growth, and set them back for several decades, this can be done in their estimation, without nuclear weapons which would end human civilization, and their throne atop of it. China wouldn't use nuclear weapons in response, because they're not savages.
The US military estimates it has until 2025 to be able to successfully carry out this kind of preemptive attack before China's military would be able to shut it down entirely.