U.S. officials are growing increasingly worried about China’s rapid military growth amid reports that the country is testing hypersonic weapons.
China denied they test-launched a hypersonic missile into space in August after a Financial Times report that it circled the entire earth and landed within 25 miles of its target.
“The U.S. does not currently have the ability to track this weapon, much less defeat it. It will give the Chinese the ability to conduct a nuclear strike anywhere in the world without warning,” said Col. Stephen Ganyard: USMC (ret.).
The missile, capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, reportedly circled the entire globe at five times the speed of sound. This comes as China works to build up its strategic and nuclear weapons systems. Both China and Russia have tested hypersonics. The US has not.
“We’ve made clear, we are concerned about the military capabilities that the PRC continues to pursue,” said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.
Other feats of military strength include more than 250 missile silos built for nuclear warheads in China’s western desert – seen in a satellite photo near the city of Yumen.
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