China Prepares for North Korean Nuclear Attack

US Air Force airmen install a cable raceway on an intercontinental ballistic missile at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California

US Air Force airmen install a cable raceway on an intercontinental ballistic missile at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California

A Chinese state-run newspaper in Jilin, a Chinese province bordering North Korea, has published a full-page article on tips for surviving a nuclear war, along with some colorful cartoons, Reuters reports.

But it does not name possible attacks by North Korea or any other country.

The South Korean army's K-55 self-propelled artillery vehicles take part in a military exercise near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Paju, South Korea, Nov. 29, 2017.

Listed as "common sense" advice, the article tells people how to protect themselves against light radiation, blast waves, early stage nuclear radiation, nuclear electromagnetic pulses and radioactive pollution.

Tensions are running high on the Korean Peninsula, with Pyongyang continuing missile and nuclear tests as the United States holds drills with its regional allies near the North Korean border.

People who find themselves outside during a nuclear attack should try to lie in a ditch, cover exposed skin in light-coloured clothing or dive into a river or lake to try and minimize the possibility of instantaneous death, it added.

Cartoon illustrations of ways to dispel radioactive contamination were also provided, such as using water to wash off shoes and using cotton buds to clean ears.

Commenting on the article, widely discussed by Chinese netizens, state-run Global Times newspaper said there is no need for panic, despite the deteriorating situation in the region and the need to "brace for the worst scenario". "But at the same time, there is absolutely no reason to be alarmed", the Global Times said.

North Korea last week tested what it called its most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile.

The North also conducted its most powerful nuclear test in September which it described as a detonation of a thermonuclear weapon designed for ICBMs.

A new report from 38 North indicates North Korea is turning to coal-fired power plants to generate electricity, in order to address chronic power shortages.

"Through the drill, the South Korean and USA air forces displayed the allies' strong intent and ability to punish North Korea when threatened by nuclear weapons and missiles", the military said in a statement.

The five-day drills that began Monday involve more than 200 aircraft, including six U.S. F-22 and 18 F-35 stealth fighters.

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