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The British Financial Times reported, quoting informed sources, that last August, China launched a hypersonic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.
According to the report of the newspaper, the missile Which was launched in a secret operation, flew around the Earth in low Earth orbit before heading to its target, which the sources say it did not hit, and flew 32 km away from it.
The report added that the missile test had become a “surprise” for US intelligence.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby declined to comment on the content of the report, saying only that Washington “has clearly expressed its concern about the military capabilities that China seeks to acquire, capabilities that increase tensions in the region and beyond.”
“It is for this very reason that we consider China the number one challenge,” Kirby added.