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A mushroom cloud rises with ships below during an Operation Crossroads nuclear weapons test on Bikini Atoll, the Marshall Islands, in this 1946 handout provided by the U.S. Library of Congress.   © Reuters
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Why Chinese province is warning citizens of nuclear war

Newspaper's what-to-do list hints that Beijing is running out of options

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- A Chinese Communist Party newspaper in Jilin, a northeastern province on the border with North Korea, has published a full-page instructional package warning residents to prepare for a possible nuclear strike.

The Dec. 6 splash on page 5 of the Jilin Daily titled "Knowledge about and protection from nuclear weapons," has since reverberated across China. It tells readers how they can shelter themselves in case of a nuclear attack or radiation exposure.

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