America can't even beat covid let alone China. Mind you, China has bio weapons that make covid look like child's play, look like a walk in the park. Lest America willing to lose millions, America won't fight China in Taiwan strait.If China do not war on Taiwan, China can kiss the SCS goodbye -- PERMANENTLY. No amount of ancient maps China can print or artificial islands can help the claim. Global powers will increase their military presence in the SCS to secure its freedom from Chinese control.
On the other hand, China's conquest of Taiwan have the potential -- not guarantee -- of deterrence that China will resort to military solutions to secure control of the SCS, thereby compelling global powers to acquiesce to China's demands. That potential rests on the degree of destruction China can deliver on the Taiwan.
Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU)