Well, that's a bit unfair to Mr. Riccardo Cocciani and his fellow students of War Studies at King's College, London who have recently 'gamed' the deteriorating situation in the South and East China Seas as they struggle to work out whether or not war is likely. Alas, they think it is!
Anyway, he has written an interesting piece in The Telegraph describing how he and his fellow students 'gamed' the situation which gradually went from bad to worse to 'worser'! Not the least of the ghastly outcomes, apart from war between China and the USA, was North Korea trying to take advantage of the situation by attacking Japan.
I'm not able to comment on the likelihood of their forecast coming true but I do hope the Grand Panjandrums in the very many different nations involved are really thinking through the pros and cons of future developments. Well, a man may hope may he not even if experience tells him otherwise!