Some of the examples you mentioned built their economic prosperity on military power. Meaning it was their superior military that allowed them to achieve economic power. China’s economic growth was not preceded by a strong military, nor was it used aggressively to plunder the resources of other nations. They became the world’s largest trader as of 2013 and are already the world’s largest economy if you adjust using purchasing power parity. It boasts the largest market in the world which is precisely what fueled its economic growth. If you see the Chinese air force bombing Indonesia or Thailand, or half way across the world in Arabia or South America, then you have a point. Meanwhile, what you're saying is speculative at best. What we do know is they are a major economic superpower and did not have to use their military in aggression to get there à la U.S., Britain, France... Lastly, China is culturally so different than the U.S. that you cannot possibly place it on the same trajectory.Economic expansion is always followed by military expansion in order to secure strategic ressources and client states where one can dump its industrial production.
We saw it with the british, french and ottoman imperialism. And the usa's intervention in japan to industrialize it was to block britain's economic grasp over the far east, so as not to have a china 2.0 style nation submitted tyo the whims if the crown.
Fast forward to today, china is catching up, its strategic ressources need to be secured especially oil, and its building its navy to that goal. China will be emulating the usa and soviets when it gets the necessary technology and fire power.
Or else they wont survive