Senior Airman Jorge Garcia, 9th Aircraft Maintenance Unit assistant dedicated crew chief, communicates with aircrew while launching a MQ-9 Reaper during Exercise Agile Reaper, on Sept. 15, 2020, at Naval Air Station Point Mugu, Calif. The crew's patches feature a drone flying over China. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Collette Brooks.
Were the US and China really on the brink of war last October?

Conditions have been primed for conflict for a long time, but things were unusually tense last fall and it wasn’t all about Trump.

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