. China’s hypersonic test – does it signal a new arms race? « JO LEE MAGAZINE

BBC NEWS/The news that China had tested a new nuclear-capable hypersonic missile was described by some as a game-changer that stunned US officials. So how big a deal is this, asks Jonathan Marcus of the Strategy and Security Institute, University of Exeter.

Twice in the summer, the Chinese military launched a rocket into space that circled the globe before speeding towards its target.

While some US politicians and commentators were alarmed at China’s apparent progress, Beijing was quick to deny the report, insisting that this was in fact the test of a re-usable spacecraft.

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