China’s supersonic test “toured around the world,” the U.S. military chief said

“They would launch a long-range missile,” General John Hyten, the resigning vice president of staff chiefs, told CBS News. “It toured around the world, dropped off a hypersonic glider that always slid back to China and collided with a destination in China.”

When asked if the missile hit the target, Hyten replied, “Close to the need.”

Hyten, who previously called the pace at which the Chinese military is developing its capabilities “amazing,” warned that one day they may have the ability to launch a surprise core attack against the United States.

“Why are they building all this ability?” Hyten said. “They look like first-hand guns. That’s what those guns look like to me.”

Revelations about the test come amid rising tensions in Taiwan as China seeks to expand its weapons capabilities. The Pentagon warned earlier in a report released this month that China is rapidly expanding its nuclear arsenal and could have 1,000 nuclear warheads by the end of the decade.

The U.S. currently has 3,750 nuclear warheads in stock, according to the latest State Department data, which is dwarfed by the size of China’s nuclear stockpiles

China has denied testing hypersonic weapons.
In October, the Financial Times reported on a Chinese test in which a rocket launched a hypersonic glider in a low-Earth orbit that could theoretically be able to bypass U.S. missile defense systems. The pace at which the Chinese developed the system surprised U.S. national security officials.
As China and Russia develop their own versions of hypersonic missiles, the Pentagon has made the development of hypersonic weapons one of its top priorities. The U.S. hypersonic missile test failed last month, but the Pentagon claims to continue supplying offensive hypersonic weapons in the early 2020s.

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