The main Communist Party newspapers only noted the election result briefly on their front pages. But a PLA-sponsored publication sold on every street corner detailed strategies to 'liberate' Taiwan, even engaging the United States in a nuclear war. A 16-page publication devoted exclusively to the Taiwan issue, the Haowangjiao Weekly, outlined a series of strategies being considered to conquer Taiwan by force, including sending an armada of 200,000 fishing vessels carrying an invasion force of two million men. The Haowangjiao Weekly, printed by the Science and Technology Digest, pointed out that such a flotilla had already proved successful when communist forces crossed the Yangtze during the civil war. The publication was packed with photographs of military hardware and said China had an arsenal of secret weapons, 'the most advanced in the world - including laser weapons to disable the laser guidance systems of America's F-17s'. It said the PLA had been working on a new generation of nuclear weaponry for the past 10 years based on a new theory of nuclear physics and it gave a step-by-step strategy on how China would escalate a conflict and threaten America with nuclear war. China would first try to sway public opinion in the US by making economic concessions, stepping up arms purchases from Russia and organising public demonstrations in Beijing. The next step would be a limited attack on Taiwan and if that failed, China would mobilise the country to take part in civil defence exercises to show that it was preparing to survive a nuclear war. 'The United States will not sacrifice 200 million Americans for 20 million Taiwanese and eventually they are going to back down,' it said.