CHINA has warned the America its military is “unstoppable” and “narrowing the gap” after testing a hypersonic missile that flew right round the Earth.
The boast was made in a Chinese communist regime controlled newspaper which also vowed Beijing will outmatch US and allied forces in the contested Taiwan Straits and the South China Sea.
The hypersonic missile test was carried out on a Long March 2C rocket, pictured here launching the Shenzhou-13 spacecraft[/caption]
China’s propaganda is bragging about outmatching American might[/caption]
Over the weekend, the Financial Times cited five unnamed sources that revealed the Chinese military launched a rocket carrying a hypersonic glide vehicle that flew through low-orbit space.
It circled the globe before cruising towards its target, missing it by about two dozen miles.
China’s ministry of defence has so far not commented on this.
It is inevitable that China will take an upper hand over US military strength
But the Communist Party’s mouthpiece, the Global Times, broke the regime’s silence on its accelerating military build-up.
It stated: “It is important to note the unstoppable trend that China is narrowing the gap with the US in some key military technologies as China is continuously developing its economic and technological strength.”
While denying it was engaging in an arms race, the article wrote of the ambitions of Beijing to outmatch Washington’s military dominance in Asia.
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The Global Times warned: “China’s military build-up will focus on the Taiwan Straits and the South China Sea.
“It is inevitable that China will take an upper hand over US military strength in these areas thanks to the geographical proximity and the continuous increase of China’s input.”
Last week President Xi Xi Jinping insisted the “historical task” of retaking the island must take place.
Taiwan — broke away from China in 1949 at the end of a civil war — but the Chinese ruling party regards the island as a “renegade state” and has repeatedly vowed to invade it.
The South China Sea is also contested because of its strategic shipping channels, fishing grounds plus unexploited oil and gas fields, with the Chinese building artificial islands with bases here to take control.
Satellite images have revealed China is upgrading and reinforcing its airbases closest to Taiwan along its south eastern coast[/caption]
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said he would not comment on the specifics of the reported hypersonic test.
But he added: “We have made clear our concerns about the military capabilities China continues to pursue, capabilities that only increase tensions in the region and beyond.
“That is one reason why we hold China as our number one pacing challenge.”
Along with China, the United States, Russia and at least five other countries are working on hypersonic technology.
Hypersonic missiles, like traditional ballistic ones which can deliver nuclear weapons, can fly at more than five times the speed of sound.
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