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March 26, 2010

Base 22

Former US defense attache, Mark Stokes, now executive director of Project 2049, is probably not the most popular person in Beijing these days.

The Chinese government is probably unhappy about a new report by a Virginia-based, non-partisan think-tank called Project 2049 that reveals significant and previously little known details about Base 22 in the Qinling mountains in Shaanxi province, China's primary storage facility for nuclear weapons. Publicity about this new report - "China's Nuclear Warhead Storage and Handling System" - first appeared in Defense News in early March.

One can quickly understand the reason for Beijing's displeasure. Although the existence of this strategic storage complex in northwest China has been known for years, what has been said in the report about the size - 400 square kilometers, the tunnel complex inside Taibai Mountain, and the railway lines leading to this mysterious fortress is not the kind of detailed information that China is eager to share with the outside world.

Related: China's Nuclear Warhead Storage and Handling System (pdf).

Posted by Ghost of a flea at March 26, 2010 07:53 AM