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January 13, 2013 – CHINA - China recently upgraded its subway system in Beijing and revealed that its mass transit was hardened to withstand nuclear blasts or chemical gas attacks in a future war, state-run media reported last month. The disclosure of the military aspects of the underground rail system followed completion and opening of a new subway line in the Chinese capital Dec. 30, along with the extension of several other lines. The subway upgrade is part of an effort to ease gridlocked traffic in the city of 20 million people. According to Chinese civil defense officials quoted Dec. 5 in the Global Times, a newspaper published by the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee, the subway can “withstand a nuclear or poison gas attack.” A U.S. official said the disclosure of the subway’s capabilities to withstand attack is unusual, since it highlights Beijing’s strategic nuclear modernization program, something normally kept secret from state-controlled media.
China is building new long-range mobile missiles, including the DF-41, and plans to deploy up to eight new ballistic missile submarines. Reports from Asia indicate the Chinese military is also planning to build new long-range strategic nuclear bombers. Russia too is expanding its nuclear forces with new submarines and missiles. Moscow announced last year that it is also constructing some 5,000 underground bomb shelters in Russia’s capital in anticipation of a possible future nuclear conflict.
By contrast, the U.S. government has done little to bolster civil defense measures, preferring the largely outdated concept of mutual assured destruction that leaves populations vulnerable to attack and building only limited missile defenses that the Obama administration has said are not designed to counter Chinese or Russian nuclear strikes. The Obama administration instead is seeking deep cuts in U.S. nuclear forces as part of President Barack Obama’s policy of seeking the elimination of all nuclear arms.
Originally posted by TDawgRex
reply to post by HumansEh
While a subway would be handy as a bomb shelter (The English used them quite effectively during the Battle of Britian) a subway would also be a death trap if chemical or biological warfare were used.
Chem agents have a tendancy to be heavier than air so they would pool in the subway. And the power used to scrub the air effectively would be quite extensive.
Originally posted by metaldemon2000
A real big paradigm shift society is coming.
I can't pretend to know what will happen but I do know that the world is going to be a profoundly different place in ten years from now. Can't say if it'll be good or bad.
Originally posted by WesternIowaParanormal
I had a dream last night. I know what a lot of you are going to say. OH NO. Not another dream weaver. Well sorry. I had a very profound dream last night. I was standing on an island shore line looking across the ocean and I could see all these mushroom clouds. I said to "someone", what the hell is going on? Why is american being nuked and by who? The answer was CHINA. They were unhappy with our debt and we owe them a lot of money. I replied, well so much for the star wars program and our missle defense system etc. My next question was our they going to bomb us, where ever we where? The answer was yes but with smaller, tactical nukes that wouldnt destroy the island because they wanted to preserve the island? I feel like it was Hawaii but it wouldnt make any sense that I could stand on the shore and see the mainland of the US. Oh well must have just been a dream.....or was it?