The China Challenge: The weapons the PLA didn’t show

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A Pentagon official said the carefully choreographed military parade through Beijing’s Tiananmen was notable for the weapons that were not shown. They include China’s growing cadre of cyber warfare forces; its ground launched anti-satellite missiles and its new ultra-high-speed maneuvering hypersonic glide vehicle, known as the DF-ZF.

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‘700 tonnes’ of sodium cyanide reportedly in warehouse during deadly Tianjin blasts

 70 times the normal amount of cyanide is needed for what, exactly?

 

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An aerial view of the crater after Wednesday’s blasts. Photo: EPA

 

Chinese officials investigate claims of sodium cyanide 70 times more than the permitted amount stored at Ruihai site

A large discrepancy over the precise quantity of hazardous chemicals being stored at a warehouse in the port area of Tianjin at the time of Wednesday night’s two deadly blasts is just one of the many unanswered questions surrounding the tragedy, which has claimed at least 85 lives.

Southern Metropolis News has reported that 700 tonnes of sodium cyanide – a highly toxic substance that can kill rapidly if inhaled – were being stored the warehouse owned by Ruihai International Logistics, according to a claim by the owner of a Hebei chemical company that owned the substance – 70 times the permitted amount.

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