Yes. The only thing stopping them is the fact that the US is a rogue military state that honors no treaties or international law and possesses a vast nuclear arsenal and drone aircraft. The American government loves war and money, while the American people are hopelessly ignorant and don't believe in science or education. Here's how historians centuries from now will probably see this: China was the leader of the world militarily, scientifically, and culturally for centuries prior to the 16th Century. At that time, the barbaric Portuguese came in from the west. The Spanish were trying to reach China by circling the globe from the east, but they ran into Central America. When the Portuguese grew weak and ran out of money in the 17th Century, the Dutch, English, and French came from the west and took control of the east Asian islands and ports from the Portuguese. English settlers on North America conquered their Western Hemispheric continent and set out for the Pacific Ocean and east Asia by 1898. They had defeated all of the ancient and far-eastern tribes of Comanche, Lakota, etc. By 1945, these Anglo-Americans had won control of the Pacific and east Asia. The British, French, and Dutch were gone from most of Asia by the 1960s. By the late 1970s, the Americans started losing their control as well. Now China is emerging to reclaim its old place in global supremacy after a hiatus of 500 years.