I’ll bet you no other commentator is going to tell you about this.

Yet it may be a matter of life and death for you and your family in the future.

So pay attention.

China’s official Xinhua news agency reports Shanghai has built an underground bunker that can accommodate 200,000 people in the event of nuclear war.

The bunker covers a total area of more than 90,000 square meters, with 15 passages nearly 4,000 meters in length each to link the underground space with buildings above ground – including office towers and apartments.

Water, power and ventilation systems in the bunker are capable of supporting people for seven to 15 days amid catastrophe on the surface.

And this is hardly the only bomb shelter like it in China.

There are also the facilities in Chongqing, for instance. These are older bomb shelters – 24 built in the 1960s and 1970s. They cover an area of 70,000 square meters – or some 17.3 acres – and could accommodate tens of thousands of people.

I think you will agree, that’s some expanse of bomb shelters. These are facilities quite a bit larger than anything the United States has constructed to protect its civilian population. For people who don’t put much value on human life, these communists have done quite a bit of civil-defense work.

Notice that China’s old facilities were built in the ’60s and ’70s – just about the time the United States began systematically closing down most of its civil-defense fallout shelters.

I have been a longtime proponent of civil defense here in the United States. But I’ve about given up on the idea of the U.S. government ever getting back into the business of building shelters. Why? Because it is an entirely appropriate and constitutional function of the federal government to do so – and that means it’s the last thing Washington would ever consider doing.

We were told in the ’60s and ’70s that civil-defense preparations were “provocative.” We were told that they were useless. We were told that there was no surviving a nuclear war. We were told it was a waste of money.

Yet the Chinese didn’t see it that way. They haven’t closed down the old facilities, and they are building even bigger and more elaborate ones today.

Do you want to ask yourself why?

Do you think any leader in China seriously believes the U.S. is going to launch a pre-emptive nuclear first strike on the country?

Is there any other enemy in the world threatening China with nuclear weapons?

So, what is this all about?

If you haven’t considered this already, I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings. What China is preparing for is this – the inevitable showdown with the West. Some day, in the not-too-distant future, China believes it will be strong enough to battle it out with the U.S. – either with conventional weaponry or with nuclear.

It is preparing to save a portion of its populace in that conflict so the country can still function afterward.

About this, the Chinese are right. People can survive nuclear wars – quite easily, in fact. All they need is shelter from radiation and food and water. The Chinese know this. But in the West, we have deceived ourselves into believing you can’t survive a nuclear war or don’t want to survive one.

The fact that China is now publicly announcing the construction of these massive bomb shelters is alarming to me.

But the fact that the U.S., while spending untold billions on “homeland security” is not even considering – not even debating – such a common sense civil-defense move is even more alarming.

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