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Lawmakers shown underground war room

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Legislators were yesterday invited on a tour of the yet-to-be-completed new Ministry of National Defense headquarters, and were party to the unveiling of a fully operational underground war room beneath the building as well as tunnels leading to command centers elsewhere.

Although construction on the building has yet to be completed, the war room, located 35 meters below ground, is fully functional, according to local reports. Data can be transmitted to the war room via the Pave Paws radar system located in Hsinchu, allowing personnel to monitor all military air and naval activity.

Local reports also claim that there are underground tunnels that lead to a command center in Dazhi District, adding that an office for the commander-in-chief will also be set up within the headquarters.

The military organized the tour of the new headquarters for lawmakers after some representatives raised concerns over budgetary waste in the armed forces. Legislators were shown around the aforementioned war room.

Monitors in the war room clearly show civil aircraft activity as well as R.O.C. and mainland Chinese air force activities, reports said.

According to local reports, lawmakers were largely surprised that the war room was now fully operational.

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