Newsflash #2.... North Korea could conquer South Korea and annihilate the US presence there as well.
The question is, what would happen AFTER either of those scenarios. Could China take Taiwan momentarily? Yes. Could they engage the United States in a drawn-out Pacific war on several fronts? Probably not.
Same goes for Korea.
So the real question is, which side is willing to commit more to the cause. If the US goes all-in and says we're not letting China take Taiwan at any cost, then while they could likely take it at first, we would likely be able to take it back after a long and bloody struggle on multiple fronts.
This war between China and the US will never happen in our lifetimes.
‘This is not peace, it is an armistice for 20 years.’ (Ferdinand Foch. After the Treaty of Versailles, 1919).
My oldest is in the Navy, and long before he joined I was a avid researcher and Fan of our Navy.
Tom Clancy has a great book on Subs.
You cant overlook the threat that is our huge, silent and invisible mobile Nuclear missle launchers.
That can park undetected off any Coast in the World and rain down massive destruction in a span of about 15 minutes.
The Russians, Chinese, Iran, etc are more threatened by our Boomers than anything else we have, and they should be