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Pentagon chief expresses concern about hypersonic weapons

At a security dialogue in South Korea, Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin criticized China’s efforts to build hypersonic weapons. The concern is over the use of hypersonic missiles that travel long distances in relatively low orbits (China.Table reported). However, Beijing is not testing a missile but a spacecraft, government spokesman Zhao Lijian told a news conference. The Financial Times had first reported that China’s military had tested a hypersonic missile (China.Table reported).

US concerns generally include the expansion of China’s military capabilities. In addition, US experts are convinced that the weapon system was created to circumvent the US missile defense system. In October, US Chief of Staff Mark Milley had to admit that the US itself is researching hypersonic weapons. The reason: China and Russia are driving the development. niw

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