The President laid the photo down and glanced around the table at the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The evidence was compelling, to say the least. The People’s Republic of China had been a pain in the ass since day one in the Oval Office. They had a knack for siphoning off American jobs, stealing intellectual property and shipping boatloads of cheap plastic products to the States, but had never posed a bona fide threat.
If this information could be verified, the most populous nation in the world with 1.328 billion people and the largest standing army of 200 million was certainly a threat to world peace. A rising superpower with the fastest-growing economy in the world—a country hungry for natural resources yet rich enough to own twelve percent of the United States’ debt—was not a country to be trifled with.
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