The United States’ top military officer called China’s suspected testing of hypersonic weapons ‘very concerning’ and described it as ‘very close’ to a ‘Sputnik moment’ as tensions continue to escalate between the two nations.
‘What we saw was a very significant event of a test of a hypersonic weapon system. And it is very concerning,’ Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told The David Rubenstein Show on Bloomberg Television.
‘I don’t know if it’s quite a Sputnik moment, but I think it’s very close to that,’ he added, referencing when the Soviet Union beat America to space in 1957 with the its Sputnik satellite. ‘It has all of our attention.’
Milley also warned that the new missile systems are just one of many things the U.S. should be concerned about as the Chinese military expands.
‘The Chinese military capabilities are much greater than that. They’re expanding rapidly in space, in cyber, and in the traditional domains of land, sea and air,’ he told Bloomberg. ‘We’re in one of the most significant changes in what I call the “character of war.“’
Milley said the U.S. needs to accelerate its own development of hypersonic, artificial intelligence and robotics weapons to compete with China as Beijing ramps up its weapons development in a Cold War-like arms race with the U.S. and Russia.
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Source: Daily Mail