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Is China Preparing Its Citizens for Nuclear Fallout?

Residents from northern China to ask if the newspaper report is an anticipation of a United States military action against North Korea's missile test. (Image: via  pixabay  /  CC0 1.0)

On December 6, 2017, Jilin Daily published a full-page feature on nuclear weapons and how to protect oneself in case of a nuclear radiation. This led many, in particular residents from northern China, to ask if the newspaper report is an anticipation of a United States military action against North Korea’s missile test.

Jilin Province is located in north China near North Korea. Jilin Daily is affiliated with the local government of the province.

On November 29, North Korea launched a test on an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching all parts of the U.S. mainland. Earlier, U.S. President Donald Trump warned he would bring a “rain” of “fire and fury” on North Korea if the country’s leader Kim Jong Un continued to threaten U.S. security. China, in particular the northern part of China, would be affected by the “rain.”

Meanwhile, another leaked document from Jilin’s China mobile company indicated that the Jilin government has established five refugee sites in Changbai Province, which shares 160 miles of border with North Korea.

Public discussion regarding potential warfare in North Korea was deleted quickly from social media platforms. Even the Party-affiliated Global Times had to withdraw its editorial upon publishing online (retrieved via Voices of America):

Despite censorship, anxious posts about military conflicts keep popping up on popular Chinese social media platform Weibo. One Weibo user believes that the news feature published by Jilin Daily was approved by the central government:

Even though state-affiliated news outlets had tried to downplay the possibility of a war, many are still worried about radiation if military action was taken by the U.S. against North Korea’s nuclear facilities:

More critical comments blamed the government for the nuclear crisis:

This article by Oiwan Lam originally appeared on Global Voices.

[Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.]

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