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China expands its nuclear testing site amid arms race with US

BY Anas Shah Aug 01, 2022. 03:20 pm UPDATED: Aug 18, 2022. 08:13 pm

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TERRIFYING satellite photographs seem to indicate that China is increasing its nuclear testing capacity.

It happens amid worries that Beijing is increasing its arsenal as it displays its military might toward the US in what is assumed to be an arms race.

According to Nikkei, analysis of recent satellite images appears to suggest that China is modernising its nuclear test facilities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

There was a 25-year hiatus in the area’s explosive testing.

Unpaved white roads lead from a command post at the Lop Nur nuclear test site, and satellite photographs appear to show the construction of a new tunnel in a mountain.

According to the outlet, they also show power transmission lines and a space that has been cleaned for possible weapon storage.

Analysts claim that the People’s Liberation Army guards the nuclear testing site.

An expert from the US-based private geospatial firm AllSource Analysis told Nikkei: “China might conduct nuclear-related tests at any time, especially because the electricity connection and road system now connects the eastern potential test sites to Lop Nur’s western military nuclear test facilities.”

After constructing a second missile station in the desert, China initiated what was regarded as the largest nuclear expansion of all time.

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The Chinese government built a new field of what seems to be 110 silos for launching nuclear missiles some 1,200 miles west of Beijing.

Officials claim to have heard China’s terrifying “war signal” while it conducted military training exercises close to Taiwan.

Don’t say we didn’t warn you was a warning given before China’s most recent two major wars, and it is currently being used as it conducts military exercises ahead of Nancy Pelosi’s potential trip to Taiwan.

Known for her outspoken criticism of China, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is allegedly considering a trip to Taiwan, which Beijing considers to be a part of its territory.

Last week, China conducted live-fire drills in the vicinity of Pingtan Island in the Fujian province, which sits directly across from the independent island of Taiwan.

The highest-level think tank in the nation, the Institute of Taiwan Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, spoke about the visit, according to Global Times.

Don’t say we didn’t warn you was a common talking point, according to the fiercely nationalistic newspaper.

According to Global Times, the phrase was used in state media in 1962, before China went to war with India, and in 1979, before the China-Vietnam War.

The world is getting closer to a disastrous nuclear war, the top security official of Britain has warned, amid threats from China, North Korea, and Russia.

 

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