US Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley testified during a interview on Bloomberg Television that China’s alleged hypersonic weapons tests represent a “very alarming” development amid growing tensions between the two countries.
“What we saw was a significant event testing a hypersonic weapon system. And it is very alarming“Milley asserted.” I don’t know if it’s a Sputnik moment, but I think it’s very close to that. Have all our attention“he revealed.
The American general referred to the launch of the first artificial satellite by the USSR in 1957, which gave the country an important advantage in the space race at that time. Today ‘Sputnik moment’ has come to mean a time when a country, particularly the US, realizes the need to fill the scientific or technological gap existing to reach any other country.
According to Milley, the “rapid” military development of the Asian giant, which currently has “very competent armed forces that span all domains and they have global ambitions, “goes beyond the reported evidence.” expanding fast, in space, in cyberspace and then in the traditional areas of land, sea and air, “said the US general.
“As we move forward — in the next 10, 20, 25 years — I have no doubt that the America’s biggest geostrategic challenge will be China“Milley stated.
Milley’s comments come after the media reported that China had tested a new hypersonic missile in August that “took US intelligence by surprise“As explained, the missile might be able to fly over the polo shirt on, which would pose a threat to Washington, whose defense systems are centered on the North Pole. Later, the Financial Times reported on another test of a hypersonic flying device capable of carrying nuclear weapons, which allegedly took place on July 27.
However, China repeatedly denied testing a hypersonic missile and stressed that it conducted a test of a space vehicle. “What I would like to reiterate is that the test reported by some media was a routine test of a spaceship to test spacecraft reuse technology, “they explained from Beijing.
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