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General Mark Milley: hypersonic test in China is “very worrying”

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General Mark Milley: hypersonic test in China is “very worrying”

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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, speaking to Bloomberg Television, did not call the test a “Sputnik moment”, but conceded that “it is very close to it” . He called the test of the weapon a “very important technological event” which is only part of China’s military capabilities.

This was the first official recognition of the Pentagon test, which has so far declined to comment.

“Chinese military capabilities are far superior to that,” Milley said. “They develop rapidly in space, in cyber and then in the traditional domains of land, sea and air.”

“China is very important on our horizon,” Milley added.

Earlier this month, the Financial Times reported on a Chinese test of a hypersonic glide vehicle launched from a rocket into low Earth orbit that could theoretically be able to evade U.S. missile defense systems. The speed with which the Chinese developed the system surprised US national security officials.
Asked about the Financial Times report, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said the August test was “a spacecraft, not a missile.”

“This test was a routine experiment with a spacecraft to verify the reusable technology of spacecraft, which is of great importance in reducing the cost of using spacecraft. It can provide humans with a convenient and inexpensive way. costly to use space peacefully. Many companies around the world have carried out similar experiments, ”Zhao said.

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has repeatedly pointed out that China is the stimulus challenge for the Pentagon as Beijing strives to modernize its military. And last week, CIA Director Bill Burns said China was the biggest technological threat to the United States.

“I think in terms of large capacity, across the range of emerging technologies, I think China is probably today,” said Burns, speaking at Stanford University.

Pentagon press secretary John Kirby declined to comment further on the test on Wednesday.

“I don’t think it does us any good to characterize this and put a label on it, this advance in capabilities,” Kirby said at a Pentagon press briefing on Wednesday.

He said the department had been “clear” about its concerns about China’s progress in “certain capabilities.”

“We have been very clear on our concerns about China’s progress in certain capabilities, a wide range of capabilities, capabilities which the secretary himself noted do very little to reduce tensions in the region and to the beyond that, and they are associated with these advanced military capabilities are coupled with a foreign and defense policy approach that uses intimidation and coercion from neighboring countries to yield to Chinese interests, ”Kirby said.

He said the hypersonic missile test was part of a “suite of concerns” about China in the Indo-Pacific region.

“There are a series of issues concerning China from a security standpoint that concern us deeply about the course of things in the Indo-Pacific,” Kirby said. “Taken together, all of these things are of concern and are being used to inform operational concepts that we want to be able to use. ”

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