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China’s hypersonic missile test traveled the world, US general says

China’s test of a hypersonic missile over the summer “went around the world,” the second-oldest US general said in an interview, giving new details about the test and warning that China could one day launch a surprise nuclear attack on the US .
“They have launched a long-range missile,” General John Hyten, the outgoing vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters. CBS News.

“It went around the world, set off a hypersonic hover vehicle that glided all the way back to China, which hit a target in China.”

Hypersonic missiles are a top focus for the militaries of the US, China and Russia. (Delivered)

When asked if the missile had hit the target, General Hyten said, “Close enough.”

General Hyten, who previously called the pace at which the Chinese military is developing capabilities “stunning”, warned that they could one day have the opportunity to launch a startling nuclear attack on the US.

“Why are they building up all these capabilities?” said General Hyten.

“They look like a first-time weapon. This is what those weapons look like to me.’

Senior US General John Hyten has warned that China could be capable of launching a surprise nuclear attack on the US. (AP)

The revelations about the test come amid heightened tensions over Taiwan as China looks to expand its weapon’s capabilities.

The Pentagon warned in a report released earlier this month that China is rapidly expanding its nuclear arsenal and may have 1,000 nuclear warheads by the end of the decade.

The US currently has 3,750 nuclear warheads in its stockpile, according to the latest State Department data, dwarfing the size of China’s nuclear stockpile.

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China has denied testing hypersonic weapons.

In October, the Financial times reported on a Chinese test of a hypersonic glider launched from a rocket in low Earth orbit that could theoretically be able to evade US missile defense systems.

The speed with which the Chinese developed the system surprised US national security officials.

While China and Russia are developing their own versions of hypersonic missiles, the Pentagon has made the development of hypersonic weapons one of its top priorities.

A US hypersonic missile test failed last month, but the Pentagon insists it remains on track to deliver offensive hypersonic weapons by early 2020.

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