If you don't want a military conflict with China, then don't encircle it, provoke it and wilfully misunderstand its motives. Beijing is not seeking world domination, but the continuing rejuvenation of its nation.
Two hawkish American academics, Michael Beckley and Hal Brands, have been relentless in their anti-China op-eds over the past few weeks. In a number of publications, including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy and now The Atlantic, as well as spin-offs on Bloomberg, their pieces all strike a very similar pessimistic tone, that the prospect of a US war with China is becoming more likely as the so-called "strategic window" which Beijing has to establish itself as a global power is closing.
The latest piece argues that in lieu of these goals and a changing geopolitical context, China is a "revisionist state" that is preparing to resort to war in order to seal its territorial claims, dominate East Asia and then move onwards to the world.