IMO, yes CCP and Russian influence are trying to weaken the US’s power (rhetoric, media influence, and financial negotiations). However, it is pure hubris to suggest that they would try to militarily invade US soil en masse. What China has is money. What China doesn’t have is resources.
IMO, with the superpowers being relatively full and established, the most likely confiscation would be South America and Africa. These continents also have a large population that might actually experience an increase in living standards under Communist rule… at least compared to much of the population’s current living standards. This is also the inexpensive labor that China is looking for, considering that even under the Obama administration, some Chinese companies already started outsourcing their labor to countries with lower living standards to reduce production costs.
We’ve already seen China’s Belt and Road Initiative, as well as their attempt to buyout countries through massive loan programs… although in all honesty the US has their own international “financial aid” programs… not to mention big banks hundred-million dollar loans to certain international countries/cities in exchange for governmental policy changes (IIRC, J.P. Morgan Chase was on record during the Obama administration talking about these loans, and you can find descriptions outlining changes in government policy requirements).
Therefore, until large amounts of South American soil and African soil changes their government to CCP, I don’t think a US invasion would be probable. Additionally, with the Americanized version of globalism (basically free trade with independently led countries), China has the advantage of trading the resource they have a lot of, money, for resources they don’t, food, oil, metal, etc. This would be made more problematic if they had to extend their communist welfare policies by taking these countries over. We have already seen China do this to it’s own citizens, i.e. when the FoxConn factory practices were found out, they started requiring students in any collegiate discipline to intern there on the assembly line to skirt their own government benefit programs for normal citizen workers.
This basically leads to a competition of financial “assistance” to countries with low financial resources, but with a high population of human resources and food/energy/building resources. Hence the billions of $ we give out every year to countries.
Side note… although most of my description was of China, in addition to Russian propaganda, I think that Russia was trying to teach and donate older nuclear energy tech (power facilities, not weapons) to expand their influence to other countries… mostly because they could not afford to give much military aid. There’s already controversy on their influence on the EU through oil over the decades. I thought it was funny that some Russian diplomats were saying the EU was hurting capitalism regarding the EU bailout policy of Cyprus banks after the Bank of Cyprus disaster.