(PresidentialWire.com)- Over the weekend, the Financial Times reported that China tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile two months ago which circled the globe before speeding toward its target. And, more importantly, FT reported that this advanced space capability “caught US intelligence by surprise.”
The United States, along with China and Russia, have been working on hypersonic missiles, which fly at more than five times the speed of sound. Unlike ballistic missiles which fly into space in an arc to reach their target, hypersonic missiles fly on a trajectory low in the atmosphere, potentially reaching a target more quickly. What’s more, hypersonic missiles are maneuverable, making it easier to evade defense systems.
In July, Russia tested its own hypersonic missile. And then in August China did as well. Meanwhile, in the US, the Pentagon is dickering with defense contractors over the price of the technology.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told the Financial Times that the US has been clear about their concerns over China’s military capabilities which he said “only increase tensions in the region and beyond.” Kirby explained that the DoD holds China “as our number one pacing challenge.”
Well, they’re outpacing us. That should be concerning.
But apparently, it isn’t concerning to the White House. On Monday, press secretary Jen Psaki responded to the news that China has beaten the US in developing these hypersonic missiles by saying the United States welcomes “stiff competition.”
Asked by @AP's @AJJaffe on China's space nukes, Jen Psaki says she won't be "comment[ing] on the specific report," but claims the U.S. "welcome[s] stiff competition" from China though they "do not want that competition to veer into conflict." pic.twitter.com/qERh76FmGp
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) October 18, 2021
With thinking like that, Reagan never would have won the Cold War.
Beijing, meanwhile, claims that it wasn’t a hypersonic missile at all, instead, it was just a space vehicle. China reiterated that the development of its military technology is for “defensive” purposes and Beijing is not interested in having an arms race with other countries.
The war-mongers in the state-run Global Times, however, suggested in an editorial Sunday that Taiwan and its allies better take note of China’s technological advances. The Global Times boasted that China would take the upper hand over the US, adding that America’s conventional military superiority around the world “will not translate into a guarantee of superiority” in the region.