China’s province of Jilin, which borders North Korea, has begun to give public information to citizens on how they can protect themselves against nuclear weapons.
The advice comes after Pyongyang announced that it was a question of when, not if, war would break out.
Fears of military confrontation between Kim Jong-un’s corrupt regime and the US has risen over recent months, with tensions running high between the countries following a series of missile tests by the North.
The cartoon images shared in a Chinese newspaper appear to depict a storyline of an ordinary family going about their day before a nuclear weapon strikes nearby.
The story provides vital advice to residents of areas close to China’s neighbouring country including reminding them to wear face masks to avoid inhaling any toxic gases in the air.
Wang Xiangwei, who originates from the Jilin province and works as a journalist for the South China Morning Post, has described the public education information as a “small but significant sign”.
The guide signals that Beijing believes there is a genuine risk ofNorth Korea getting involved in a nuclear war.
A spokesman for Kim Jong-un increased the rhetoric surrounding a war with the US yesterday after the hermit state reacted angrily to America and South Korea conducting military drills around the peninsula.
They said: “The large-scale nuclear war exercises conducted by the US are creating a touch-and-go situation on the Korean peninsula and series of violent war remarks coming from US high-level politicians amid such circumstances have made an outbreak of war on the Korean peninsula an established fact.
“The remaining question now is: when will the war break out?”
The DPRK has carried out a number of illegal missile tests and threatened to target the US territory of Guam with a nuclear missile.
An announcement that North Korea had then successfully tested a ballistic missile that could reach any part of the US then took tensions to an all time high.
However, China’s information document outlining what to do in the case of a nuclear attack could also be because Beijing may be preparing itself to also take a role in any war between its neighbour and the US.
The People’s Liberation Army of China has been conducting military exercises on the Korean border, patrolling areas of the region for the first time.
Following the announcement regarding China’s new military drills, military expert Li Jie has given her verdict as to who the country would side within any future conflict.
She said: “The timing of this high-profile announcement by the PLA is a warning to Washington and Seoul not to provoke Pyongyang any further.”
China’s Air Force sent its surveillance aircraft to the Yellow Sea and East China Sea in the last few days claiming it was there to ”improve combat-readiness and safeguard the country’s strategic interests”.