Chapter 151: Our Boss Wants to Have a Word with You (Part one)
Hearing that he was a police officer, the receptionist immediately paused for a moment and said, “Excuse me for a moment.”
Then, she called the secretary office which transferred her call to the president’s. The other end thought for a while before finally saying, “Let them up.”
The receptionist politely gestured at them. “Please follow me.”
Then, she led Xu Cheng and Wu Gang into an elevator and went to the highest floor, where the president’s office was located.
After getting in, the receptionist closed the door behind her. Xu Cheng saw the president on the spacious balcony outside the building. He was a middle-aged man practicing golf.
Xu Cheng gestured for Wu Gang to go and sit down, and then he pushed opened the glass door and walked out onto the balcony.
That president knew that they were here, but he was still swinging his club while he said, “If I don’t cooperate, what are you going to do to me?”
Xu Cheng laughed. “President Ren, what makes you say that?”
President Ren got a ball into the hole and then turned around to look at Xu Cheng. “To be honest, you shocked the entirety of Shangcheng. First you took down North Gate, and now West Gate is on the verge of collapsing. These two forces were both old fritters that had withstood the test of time, yet it felt like you easily took them down. To be frank, a lot of businessmen with dark pasts are now afraid of getting you on their backs.”
Xu Cheng: “If they are standing upright, why would they be afraid of me?”
President Ren: “Yeah, but the problem is that they aren’t.”
He scanned the entire city in front of the building and said, “Take a look at this city. If you want to climb to the top, who can do it without some means? Where there’s competition, there’s the real world, and the real world has a set of rules that belong to it, dirty and ugly.”
Xu Cheng laughed. “President Ren, don’t worry. Right now I’m only focusing on West Gate’s case.”
President Ren let out a sigh of relief upon hearing that. “Then how do you want me to cooperate with you?”
“About the 200 million in cash in your car. I know it’s going to be really easy if you want to rid yourself of any blame and responsibility, but I still hope you can cooperate with me. Don’t be in a rush to reject me. In this country, you are one of the bosses in society. I want to get rid of that Wei Nation’s underground money house, and it would be much safer for you to cooperate with us instead of them. If you decline and want to protect the Wei Nation’s guys, then I can only say I despise you. I will turn around and go investigate myself.”
President Ren took a deep look at Xu Cheng. “I have to say, in addition to sophisticated means, you are also a good persuader that can get right to the spot. For someone of high status like us, what you just said basically labelled us as the nation’s traitors. If I decline, then it will be really difficult for me to continue living in Shangcheng, and my business probably wouldn’t have any more room for growth in the future without the government’s support. You sound like you are giving me a choice, but rather you are giving me a chance, and that is to side with our nation.”
He looked at Xu Cheng appreciatively and smiled. “But do you know how much money I will lose if I betray the underground money house?”
“Your company’s pretty big with over 10 billion yuan in profit. With all the tax you guys dodged over the years, it should be north of several dozen billions, right?”
“Not bad, and you should also know that a businessman wouldn’t want to do a deal that could cost him more money than the benefit it brings, right?” President Ren said.
“Then what about standing by your nation and your people?” Xu Cheng looked into his eyes and said, word for word, “You should know the consequence of shorting yuan, right? The moment a financial crisis erupts, publicly-traded companies will be the first ones to get screwed over. By then, how much money do you think you will lose?”
President Ren frowned. “Shorting yuan? Where did you get this news from?”