China working on hypersonic technology capable of overcoming U.S. anti-ballistic missile systems

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Beijing's secret test of a 21,000mph nuclear-capable missile successfully orbited the globe striking within 20 miles of its ground target. The technology has been described as a "blow to the U.S.'s mentality of strategic superiority over China" by U.S. media outlets.

The test proved that China has advanced its technological development of a missile that could overcome U.S. anti-ballistic missile systems. China marked this success on its state-run t.v.

An op-ed in the Chinese state media outlet Global Times is quoted as saying the test means "there is a key new member in China's nuclear deterrence system," adding that this is a "new blow to the U.S.'s mentality of strategic superiority over China."

U.S. anti-ballistic missile defense systems are based in Alaska and set up to shoot down projectiles coming over the North Pole, but this means that the Chinese would be able to strike the U.S. from the south.

At least five countries are working on hypersonic technology, and last month North Korea said it had test-fired a hypersonic missile. China showcased its hypersonic missile, known as the DF-17, in a 2019 parade.

What's worrisome is that hypersonic weapons are difficult to defend against because they fly towards targets at lower altitudes, achieving more than five times the speed of sound or 6,200 km per hour (3,850 mph).

"We have made clear our concerns about the military capabilities China continues to pursue, capabilities that only increase tensions in the region and beyond," John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesperson, told Fox News. "That is one reason why we hold China as our number one pacing challenge."

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