Monday’s Nikkei reported on its analysis of satellite photos, claiming that the Chinese military appears to be preparing to test a nuclear device in Xinjiang. The daily asserted that China has upgraded its facilities at its Lop Nur nuclear test site in the desert. Power transmission cables and a facility that could be used for storing high explosives have recently been installed. “China could conduct nuclear-related tests anytime,” the paper quoted an expert at AllSource Analysis, a U.S. private geospatial company, as saying. A Japanese academic reportedly speculated that Beijing is perhaps eager to discourage U.S. intervention in the Taiwan Strait by threatening to use small nuclear weapons.