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Un­der pres­sure from the United States over a re­port out­lin­ing planned nu­clear at­tacks on U.S. cities, the state-run news­pa­per Global Times re­cently deleted two graph­ics show­ing at­tacks on the Pa­cific North­west and Los An­ge­les.

The Oct. 30 ar­ti­cle in the Com­mu­nist Party-af­fil­i­ated news­pa­per known for its anti-U.S. stance car­ried the head­line, “China Has Un­der­sea Strate­gic Nu­clear De­ter­rent Against United States for the First Time.”

The re­port in­cluded nu­mer­ous pho­tos of sub­marines and their mis­siles along with mis­sile flight paths for tar­get­ing the East and West coasts of the U.S. The two most con­tro­ver­sial graph­ics showed nu­clear strikes on Seat­tle and Los An­ge­les.

The one on Seat­tle re­vealed what the ar­ti­cle said was the “over­all de­struc­tive as­sess­ment” of Chi­nese nu­clear mis­siles hit­ting the city, in­clud­ing a ra­dioac­tive de­bris plume spread­ing east to Chicago. The ar­ti­cle said the at­tack would kill up to 12 mil­lion Amer­i­cans.

The sec­ond graphic showed a sim­i­lar as­sess­ment on Los An­ge­les. “The black cir­cles are the area di­rectly de­stroyed by five nu­clear war­heads,” the ar­ti­cle said.

Chief of Naval Op­er­a­tions Adm. Jonathan Green­ert played down the Chi­nese nu­clear threat when asked about the Global Times re­port at a con­fer­ence in Cal­i­for­nia.

“For a sub­ma­rine-launched bal­lis­tic mis­sile to be ef­fec­tive, it has to be ac­cu­rate, and you have to be stealthy and sur­viv­able, and I’ll leave it at that,” Adm. Green­ert said Nov. 16.

U.S. nu­clear mis­sile sub­marines re­main pow­er­ful de­ter­rents and are tested fre­quently, he added.

Con­tact Bill Gertz at @Bil­lGertz.

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