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Beijing worried U.S. would collapse after Jan. 6: Woodward and Costa

Authors of 'Peril' reject narrative of Trump as passive before the Capitol attack

Supporters of then-President Donald Trump riot in front of the Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6 amid an explosion caused by a police munition.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- As rioters took over the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, the country also faced a national security crisis involving China that was unknown to the public, authors Bob Woodward and Robert Costa told Nikkei in a recent interview.

Their book, "Peril," reveals that on Oct. 30, 2020, just days before the American presidential election, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley received intelligence that China believed the U.S. was planning to attack the Asian country.

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