Oh yes, there'll be a nice little war with China in the near future. Wall Street and California dread it, but the US as a whole would welcome a conventional war with clear cut goals and victories. Unless the chini goes terrorist like the muslims after a beating which is doubtful given the chinaman's atheistic and effeminate nature, this'll be a quick cut and dry affair.
There have been an article or two on China and war. With her economy going South, China, the argument goes, will need to start a distraction. War with one her numerous neighbors. Which one, they did not speculate, but, India would be a convenient example only because of a dual front scenario.
India should come out in full support. Whatever India get "sucked" into will be safely distant from the fireworks. The IN is not expected to participate in the SCS. In fact, there'll be so many USAF and USN assets itching to get in on some conventional action that there won't be enough chinese targets for American units never mind those of its allies. And India would come after Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Australia in this pinata beating. Vietnam would probably pick off any stragglers before we can get a blow even if we wanted.
India, for what it is worth, is already participating. With her P-8Is. The collaboration with the "US" is through PACOM and specifically the USN. I think that will be strengthened, but do not see going beyond that, other than cutting the jihadists head - exchange of information and the like.
There is simply no downside in supporting the US in this case.
Well, I would not go that far WRT to China.
China does have some good guys, and I think India (and the US) needs to ensure their political survival. It is the PLA and this Chinese President that needs to be dealt with. At the very least that leadership needs replacement. And perhaps defang in some form.
But I would go further with Pakistan. For sure the Chinese presence in POK has to go, no two ways about that. Never to come back.
And, would like POK back, but too touchy a topic I would think.