Satellites show China is building many more nuke silos

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The New York Times reports that analysts have found a second new missile base in China, only days after another new base was found.

Identified via satellite imagery, the new missile base in China's Xinjiang region may eventually include 110 silos, according to a report by the Federation of American Scientists, or FAS.

It is the second apparent silo field uncovered this month by researchers, adding to 120 silos that appear to be under construction in the neighboring province of Gansu.

For decades, China has operated around 20 silos for its liquid-fueled ICBMs, called the DF-5.

Now, it appears to be building 10 times more, possibly for housing its newest ICBM, the DF-41, according to the FAS report.

The New York Times says the new silos are clearly being built to be discovered.

The most recent silo field is in the eastern part of the Xinjiang region, not far from one of China's notorious Uyghur "re-education" camps in the city of Hami.

The road network linking the different silo construction sites also makes the area look suspiciously like a massive nuclear base on satellite images.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Globe rotation and zoom to show Xinjiang province on map
2. Show satellite images that gradually zoom in on new missile site
3. Zoom in on lid of missile silo, lid opens, missile launches
4. Compare two DF-5 type missiles to new DF-41 missile
5. Follow missile as it flies, see-through view of multiple warheads in nose
6. Follow one warhead as it falls to a city and explode


VOICEOVER (in English):
"The New York Times reports that analysts have found a second new missile base in China, only days after another new base was found."

"Identified via satellite imagery, the new missile base in China's Xinjiang region may eventually include 110 silos, according to a report by the Federation of American Scientists, or FAS."

"It is the second apparent silo field uncovered this month by researchers, adding to 120 silos that appear to be under construction in the neighboring province of Gansu."

"For decades, China has operated around 20 silos for its liquid-fueled ICBMs, called the DF-5."

"Now, it appears to be building 10 times more, possibly for housing its newest ICBM, the DF-41, according to the FAS report.'

"The New York Times says the new silos are clearly being built to be discovered."

"The most recent silo field is in the eastern part of the Xinjiang region, not far from one of China's notorious Uyghur "re-education" camps in the city of Hami."

"The road network linking the different silo construction sites also makes the area look suspiciously like a massive nuclear base on satellite images."


SOURCES: New York Times, ABC News, Insider.com
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/26/us/politics/china-nuclear-weapons.html
https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/us-warns-china-building-nuclear-missile-silos-79160762
https://www.insider.com/china-constructing-massive-nuclear-base-silos-xinjiang-2021-7