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AIR POLLUTION

Smog? It bolsters military defence, says Chinese nationalist newspaper

PUBLISHED : Monday, 09 December, 2013, 4:08pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 10 December, 2013, 4:22pm

A nationalist newspaper has tried to put a positive spin on China’s smog, claiming it is conducive to the country's military defence strategy. Smog, it argued, could thwart missile attacks and hamper hostile reconnaissance.

“Smog may affect people’s health and daily lives … but on the battlefield, it can serve as a defensive advantage in military operations,” said an article on the website of Global Times, a nationalist newspaper affiliated to the Communist Party’s mouthpiece the People’s Daily.

Missile guidance that relies on human sight, infrared rays and lasers could be affected by smog in varing degrees, the article said. It explained that tiny particles in the air contributing to air pollution could hinder missile guidance systems.

The article said that during the Kosovo war, soldiers of the then Federal Republic of Yugoslavia used smoke from burning tyres to hamper Nato air strikes. The smoke reduced visibility, hindering reconnaissance efforts, the article said.

Photographic reconnaissance equipment employed by satellites, unmanned aerial vehicles and reconnaissance vehicles would be rendered useless by smog it added.

The article also said that during the first Gulf war, sand storms reduced the identification distances of thermal imaging equipment on US tanks from 2,500 metres to 800 metres, while optical detection of Iraqi tanks was reduced to almost nil.

For most of the past week, extensive areas of eastern China including the cities of Shanghai and Nanjing have been hit by severe smog, the worst so far this winter, which some described as an “airpocalypse”.

Chinese internet users were unimpressed by the Global Times article, which was seen as an attempt by authorities to put a positive spin on deteriorating air quality and to divert public anger from official inaction.

“Are you saying the smog is not air pollution, but a national defence measure?” a blogger said on Sina Weibo microblog.

Another reader who commented on the article said: “But enemies wouldn’t need to resort to missile attacks if the smog continues to increase – people will simply be poisoned to death.”

Yet some others compared the article to a widely-reposted comment made by a military spokesperson who earlier this year claimed that US nuclear submarines would avoid China’s eastern Yellow Sea because their propeller’s might become entangled by ropes used by farmers to grow seaweed.

“After seaweed, China has added another secret weapon to the country’s national defence arsenal – smog,” one Internet user quipped.

 

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lucifer
Actually this defensive weapon took years to make through careful planning by both the CCP and the PLA. I'm impressed that it protects both centers of government and important industrial areas.
dunndavid
Here's the next argument: high pollution has allowed Chinese people to develop anti-bodies against toxic substances increasing their resistance and improving their health. See... China's dear leaders have planned out these things brilliantly, way in advance.
lyle.stevick
Most of the larger sources of the smog, could be turned into air feed stock streams for high CO2 greenhouses. If run long distances, or uphill, there are the advantages of moving the smog out, and evaporating water into the stream, to be condensed out at a higher altitude, creating a water source. Evaporating seawater, and scrubbing exhaust can be done in the same process. Since moist air rises, water could be taken all the way to the Gobi, if condensed in the right place.
KwunTongBypass
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artdig18
Must be an April fools joke
dng18dng18
This is the funniest ever counter-argument about smog
lamlm38
what's next? farts will be treated as chemical agents? :)
hkjonus
Go ahead China. If you really think some smog is gonna stop US made weapons that Taiwan, S. Korea and Japan have, go right ahead, make my day.
leormac
sounds like the republican party
newgalileo
Only those anti-China foreigners keep complaining about pollution. Pollution is good for China!

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