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NEWS: China Invites Citizens to Sleep in Bomb Shelters

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posted on Jul, 7 2005 @ 09:54 AM
China has opened up 24 Cold War era air-raid shelters and is inviting people to spend the night. Free tea, chairs, newspapers, magazines, and a cooler environment is announced as a reason for visiting theses shelters each night. Is China simply helping the poor, or are the Chinese planning to attack, or expecting an attack from another nation? Are we to believe that shuffling tens of thousands of people in to air-raid shelters each night is normal?
CHONGQING, June 21 (Xinhuanet) -- People who suffer sauna-like weather but do not have access to air conditioners in Chongqing, a city known as one of China's climatic "stoves", can find shade at former bomb shelters in the city since this week.

The municipal government has decided to open 24 air-raid shelters later this week, most of which were built in the 1960s and 70s, to people suffering summer heat, said a local official. Safeguards and cleaners are in place to guarantee a sound environment. Free tea, chairs, books and newspapers are provided in the shelters, the official said.

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Let's not jump to conclusions all at once here. This could simply be a great project to help the less fortunate in China cope with the warm humid nights that they are experience right now. China isn't know for being a great human-rights supporter and this would help out their image greatly.

On the other hand, it's not normal to shuffle tens of thousands of people off to air-raid shelters each night. What is the purpose of that? It could be an attempt to confuse other nations would most certainly be concerned if the saw China renewing air-raid drills. Is an attack being planned? Is China expecting to be attacked? Both are very valid questions.

The next logical step is for China to start offering relief from the cold of winter in these shelters. When year-round activity is seen in these air-raid shelters, intelligence gathering on this activity becomes useless.

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posted on Jul, 7 2005 @ 11:38 AM
Intersting, i doubt china will just start giving free food, shelters to tens of thousands of people out of no where and for unknown reasons yet. perhaps they are testing how people will live in bomb shelters so that they will get an idea what is needed when nukes is going off.

[edit on 7-7-2005 by ulshadow]

posted on Jul, 7 2005 @ 12:08 PM

Originally posted by ulshadow
Intersting, i doubt china will just start giving free food, shelters

Exactly why I thought this was very odd. Given the track record that China has on treating their own people, why are they being so considerate to the underprivileged all the sudden? The whole idea is odd without even considering that point. Imagine the US or the UK suddenly opening up air-raid shelters and inviting people to start hanging out there at night time.

Next in the news look for China to give jobs to the poor by offering to let them clean and polish old rusty tanks and restore old war equipment.

posted on Jul, 7 2005 @ 05:55 PM
Even though China may not have the best record, I can't help but hope that they have turned over a new leaf when it comes to taking care of their citizens by offering these shelters and food to them.

Has there been any other things China has been up to besides making threats that may seem suspicious?

[edit on 7/7/2005 by hatchedcross]

posted on Jul, 7 2005 @ 05:59 PM
Perhaps we should not jump to conclusions BUT should jump to questions, mine is why?


posted on Jul, 7 2005 @ 09:02 PM
I am very suspecious of this, china can't just change personalty for no reason. But i do hope they are trying to do the right thing.

posted on Jul, 8 2005 @ 12:20 AM
Well in another incident they are asking america to get out of Central Asia and here they are getting ppl into bunkers, sounds fishy to me.
Maybe this is just another coincidence or are they just getting ready ?


posted on Jul, 8 2005 @ 02:12 AM
Not that unsual. Some public toliets used to be fee paying, now many are free and local governments sometimes hold small events that are free. Since the shelters arn't occupied, they might as well be used. Shelters in Beijing had been turned into shopping areas, but they since closed it because of safety concerns something about ventilation. Anyway tea doen't cost much and it's not like they give newspapers and magazines to everyone who goes there, it's all shared.

posted on Jul, 8 2005 @ 04:27 AM
Why don't you find out what kind of people are being sent to these shelters? If they are homeless then China could have turned over a new leaf, but if they have homes and jobs then something suspicious could be happening.

posted on Jul, 8 2005 @ 09:18 AM
I think thats a good point, IF China was worried about a bomb, I doubt they would care if thier homeless where out and about during it.

posted on Jul, 8 2005 @ 09:41 AM
Well, its not much of a bomb shelter if all the foreign intelligence knows where it is such as the ones opened right now would it?

posted on Jul, 8 2005 @ 03:49 PM
China is not known for taking care of their people... Assuming compared to the US, which does?

take a walk around new york or washington DC in the summertime and ask the people melting in the streets if they would welcome underground shelters stocked with chairs, coffee, and newspapers.

get real.

posted on Jul, 8 2005 @ 03:52 PM
Is this possibly another of their entrapment schemes? Like when they offered free treatment for drug users, got them into clinics and arrested them to be hauled off and executed?...look, no more drug problems!

Find people who have no place to stay, round em up and disappear them. then brag to the world how China has no "homeless problem".

posted on Jul, 8 2005 @ 04:24 PM

Originally posted by dbates
Next in the news look for China to give jobs to the poor by offering to let them clean and polish old rusty tanks and restore old war equipment.

LOL - that was the funniest damn thing I've heard all week!

I can't find a link, but I was reading about China's tunnels last week or so. They are massive and easily accessed, and mostly open to the public. The article I read said that they charge individual tourists for access but tour groups can access them for free. The article said that many people's homes had secret entrances to the tunnels.

...Wish I could find that article...


posted on Jul, 15 2005 @ 05:18 AM
the chinese communist party was born from the peasants

posted on Jul, 15 2005 @ 06:17 PM

Originally posted by chinawhite
the chinese communist party was born from the peasants

Every government is born from the peasants, it's just that over time, the later genaration of peasants themselves become what they always hate.

posted on Jul, 15 2005 @ 07:47 PM
If anything, to me it looks like they might be going back to their Socialist routes. The Chinese Government is starting to make enough money to become a trully Socialist Nation and hopefully they won't become stupid and increase their military budget above that of their Health Care and Education system.

As for a lot of other aspects of China, yes it was once bad but a look at their Prison population and then their whole population shows a lack of crime compaired to our Nations and one of the lowest re-offender rates in the entire world.

Phugedaboudet, you might wish to visit China one day and look at their treatment for drug addicts. Now they don't lock them away, kill them, etc, but instead offer a better form of treatment which gets them off of drugs and even helps to re-educate them. Compair that to America or the U.K. and their modern Policy on drugs.


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