Let's make a simple prediction: 20 years from now,
China has recovered all these islands and shoals. Beautiful tourist resorts have been completed with luxury hotel chains, sea food restaurants, diving areas and amphibian transportation hubs. International tourists are booking up their stays years in advance. Shipping routes are also secured with humanitarian facilities.
Filipinos and Vietnamese men and women are working in many of these resorts as waitresses, maids, janitors and entertainment workers. They make good money and send the money home to support their families.
The US is having a Hispanic president now since increasing legal and illegal immigrants from the south have dramatically skewed the voters demographics. Major cities have become hollow with 90% black populations which are 99% unemployed and on welfare. Clashes with the local police are on daily basis. National security and counter-terrorism has become the biggest industry that hires hundreds of thousands to spy on their own countrymen and to inspect people at every possible checkpoint, because Arabs from the middle east countries vow to get even with the US, the ISIS has grown ever stronger and domestic muslins are increasingly alienated.
Americans are living under immense fear that a large scale attack is imminent. The national nominal unemployment rate is above 30% and 25% percent under the poverty line. Its economy is now ranked No.4 in the world.