China denies the test of a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile

The Chinese government this Monday denied having tested a hypersonic missile with nuclear capacity and assured that it was a routine test of a spacecraft and had nothing to do with an alleged weapons program.

In this way, Beijing came across information from the “Financial Times”, which cited various sources to prove that the Chinese armed forces carried out an unsuccessful test in August, in which a supposed hypersonic missile previously traveled into orbit.

China denies the test of a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile
China denies the test of a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile

The test apparently ended in failure as the projectile landed 15 kilometers from the target, but according to the Financial Times, it took US intelligence by surprise because of the Asian giant’s advanced technology.

A spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Zhao Lijian, has denied this information to the media, assuring the official press that it is a “routine test of a spacecraft” to see if equipment can be reused.

With that in mind, he has defended that this type of test is essential to bring down the cost of the space race, which Beijing only restricts to peaceful purposes.

The US and Russia are also working on hypersonic missiles that travel at five times the speed of sound and can maneuver in flight, making them much more difficult to track.

In recent months, US military officials have warned of China’s growing nuclear capacity, particularly after the release of satellite imagery of the construction of more than 200 ICBM silos.

China is not bound by any arms control treaty and has refused to enter into talks with the US about its arms arsenal and nuclear policy.

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