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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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Remitting Prosperity
Memo to the Pentagon- only attack China in the summer...........
4637rickytick
Those newspapers operating under state control love bunk like this. They have their noses so far up the CCP's backside that they see daylight on the Party's tonsils. BTW, China has already been sighted and measured to the centimeter. Gravity fields and all. Missiles no longer need targets under laser designstion...
No one in their right mind wants to invade and take responsibility for China. The strategy is to contain China and just let it implode.
allanwoodley
What is transparent is the contempt for the health of the people, who are treated like, or worse than, laboratory rats, forced to breathe toxins.
TigerJ
Why is the Western media, and its little puppets like SCMP, always judging China, a Third World country, using First World standards?
hkjonus
Since when do "Developing Countries" have the most sophisticated weapons and a Space Program to boot? Time to remove the WTO Developing Country status and make China stand up on its own wrapped feet like a responsible adult.
aplucky1
sorry, that tired old line was played out a decade ago
china is now the most powerful nation on earth !
producing everything to improve the lives of humans
the smartest humans walking the face of the earth
able to conquer any army
all of their citizens live in extreme wealth and comfort
John Adams
This MUST be a joke !
First : China beats the world to inventing an invisibility cloak
Second : China creates SOD = Smog On Demand
Pity China cannot create NO - SOD !

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