Somehow Greg Egan's book "Permutation City" came to my mind when reading this. With his Autoverse representation on cellular automats.
Maybe he is a cousin of Londo Mollari of the Centauri Republic. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:B5_londo.jpg
Why limit ourself to China, or any other country. Terrorist groups, drug cartels, anybody who is intelligent enough (or has money to hire someone who is) can try to take control. Why fly a plane into a building when you can just use "the surrogat army" to do it for you with.
Now we just need impeller drive, few big spaceships, and David Weber's Honorverse becomes reality.