I think the big war is inevitable. Maybe not this year, maybe not even the next year, but already inevitable. I'm not so naive to wait any "love" or "respect" towards Russia from westerners, the much bigger problem is that they are no longer afraid of "obstacles".
PS Military exersized has long ago became a routine, but few days ago there was also a serie of "stress tests" for administrative and financial system to check their work in the state of war... the last preparations to mrs.Clinton presidency, i think.
A near-term major power war is all but inevitable. But not with Russia.
All signs point to the conflict being China and North Korea vs Taiwan, Japan, the US, Australia and parts of ASEAN. In such an event, it is far more to Russia's benefit to simply supply the Chinese and North Korea with vicarious aid. This way, Russia doesn't get directly involved in the costly and extremely dangerous theatre, and they get to reap all sorts of benefits from it.
The US, on the other hand, won't want to fight its two biggest enemies at once, so they will have to choose between China and Russia. The question is, where do they stand to gain more, and also, where do they stand to lose more? China's nuclear arsenal is negligible compared to Russia's, and its terrain is far more manageable. The drop in trade would also affect China far worse than it would hit anyone else. They also have every reason to go for China now rather than later, because while Russia is fortifying its defensive capabilities, China is doubling its military spending in the next four years. The reports I've read from the Departmnet of Defence indicate that by 2025, the Chinese military will be in a position to give its adversaries much more than just a bloody nose. So they have every reason to choose the waking dragon rather than the cornered bear.
Finally, Jinping himself seems to want war. The South China Sea, the aggression towards Taiwan, and the rhetoric of a new Chinese century to end the century of humiliation... this is all in stark contrast to Putin, who is saying, look, we don't want war, but you're backing us into a corner here...
So yes war is coming but the Chinese theatre will be just another proxy conflict for Russia. Putin fortunately has the means to avoid a world war, so if Russia gets directly involved, it'll be his failure. He's prudent, and I don't believe he will trigger it, nor will the other side (much as they appear to want to).
The proto-Cold War / Hybrid War state between the US and Russia right now will probably continue for a long time, perhaps decades. China will be but one proxy theatre. I take comfort in this, I think you should too. War with China will be far less devastating overall, though my own country stands at significant risk of interference, invasion, or even a nuclear attack... which is why I'm planning to leave well before shit hits the fan.