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Unsubstantiated Rumors About Test Of Hypersonic Missile Leads To Escalation Of Tensions Between US And China

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Unsubstantiated Rumors About Test Of Hypersonic Missile Leads To Escalation Of Tensions Between US And China

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 Washington compares alleged Chinese hypersonic missile with Sputnik satellite launch.

Written by Lucas Leiroz, research fellow in international law at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

While the fight against fake news becomes one of the main agendas in the Western world, the hegemonic media continues to disseminate unproven information with the aim of attacking non-aligned governments. In October, several Western media agencies published a report about an alleged launch of a Chinese hypersonic missile, whose technology would be able to evade the entire apparatus of the current American anti-missile system. The news quickly spread, even without any plausible proof of what had really happened, which generated hostile and worrying comments from major US military authorities in response. Now, a new scenario of tensions is formed due to a possible media mistake.

Earlier this month, an important media outlet published an article reporting an alleged Chinese test of a hypersonic glide vehicle launched from a low-Earth orbit rocket that could theoretically be able to evade US missile defense systems. The sources mentioned in the article are anonymous. Immediately, the news went viral and was republished by many agencies around the world. The speed with which the Chinese supposedly developed this new weapon surprised US national security officials. The main fear is that Beijing has developed a modern space weapon with no equivalent in the world and that it could launch missiles at any country from space, not being detected by the current US anti-missile system. In the same sense, the apparent Chinese ability to hide the possession of such technology from the world is also a cause of great surprise.

However, Beijing denies any involvement in this type of operation. Commenting on the case, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Zhao Lijian claimed that the event described by the media was related to the launch of a spacecraft, not a hypersonic missile. These were his words: “This test was a routine spacecraft experiment to verify the reusable technology of spacecraft, which is of great significance for reducing the cost of spacecraft use. It can provide a convenient and cheap way for humans to use space peacefully. in the world have carried out similar experiments”.

However, regardless of the discussion if it occurred or not, the repercussion of the episode was absolutely negative, boosting global tensions. Washington interpreted the case as a sign of threat in the modern space and military race. During an interview, the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, compared the launch of the missile to the Soviet Union’s launch of the first artificial satellite, Sputnik I, in the 1950s. The general emphasized that Beijing has shown itself to be winning the contemporary space race and that the US is currently at a similar disadvantage to that when the Soviets launched Sputnik.

These were some of his words: “What we saw was a very significant event of a test of a hypersonic weapon system. And it is very concerning. I don’t know if it’s quite a Sputnik moment, but I think it’s very close to that. It has all of our attention (…) They have gone from a peasant-based infantry that was very large in 1979 to a very capable military that covers all the domains and has global ambitions (…) The Chinese military capabilities are much greater than that single test (…) They’re expanding in space, in cyber and then in the traditional domains of land, sea and air (…) China is very significant on our horizon”.

The comparison pointed out by the general is quite suggestive: if the US sees the current Chinese test as it saw Sputnik in 1957 (or in a “very close” way), then surely Washington’s reaction will also be analogous to that taken earlier. At that time, the American government made massive investments in the space race with the aim of overcoming Soviet technological power. Currently, something in this direction is to be expected, but in a fully militarized direction, with a race to build new hypersonic missiles and other space weapons. In practice, this would be the beginning of a process of militarization and nuclearization of outer space – something that is already a trend in the contemporary world, but which can reach even higher levels.

As we can see, the repercussion of a dubious article with of unproven allegations can be catastrophic, generating much more than a scandal, but a real military race. Beijing continues to fully deny the military nature of the launch, claiming it is an experimental spacecraft. Obviously, claims made by nation states must be respected and taken as true when confronted with claims made by media agencies. In addition, there is a matter of principle of justice: the burden of proof must lie with the agencies that released this information, as it is up to the accuser to prove their allegations are right and not the accused to prove them wrong. It remains to be seen whether there will be time for this.

Since the creation of Space Force, Washington has been progressively more aggressive in developing projects for the militarization of outer space. And maybe the current “Sputnik moment” is the perfect excuse for that. Creating more advanced protection systems and missiles with greater destructive power will be the American agenda to increase its defense potential against supposed Chinese weapons.


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like you say unsubstantial nonsense and rumors lets not take america as more important than they think of themselves already

down under

Russia has hypersonic missiles. China has them. North Korea has them. US failed in hypersonic missile tests and doesn’t have them. Hey south front, what is the big deal about it?

Last edited 1 month ago by down under
Ivan Freely

North Korea? Your sure about that?

down under

North Korea already has them. Iran could have them also given the long cooperation in research and development between North Korea and Iran.


The american decline continues. Each year the petrodollar declines which means the “five eyes” nations also decline.

This century belongs to Eurasia, led by Russia, China, Iran, the DPRK, SCO & CSTO member states and observer nations. This scenario will ensure the american, british & zionist degenerates are unable to create conditions of wider regional war.


what a stupid crap, how do you gauge decline?, all islamic states are failing, look at Iran and Lebanon and their huge asernal of missiles , they are being attacked economically and social engineering approach which they were not aware of, they are failing miserably including Sudan and Algeria . MODERN WARFARE NEEDS BRAINS YOU STUPID MOHAMEDEAN PEDOPHILES CULTS, GO F..K YOR 6 YEARS OLD WIFE

Jacques Lacan

US nation of robots failed long ago except for emperor gates

Jacques Lacan

brains? “amerikans are the living refutation of the cartesian cogito ergo sum. amerikans are yet they do not think. the amerikan mind peurile and primitive lacks characteristic form and is therefore open to any standardization”. Julius


What ignorant stupidity from an obvious degenerate. Did you specifically address one point I made in my comment? No you did not.

You generalized the concept of “decline” and went into a series of insults and random off topic idiocy.

Next time state some actual facts for people to confirm you amateur idiotic clown.

Last edited 1 month ago by block

It is a wrong assumption that such high-ranking military commander is influenced or fooled by such a weak excuse of a reporting.
It’s the other way around, these are the people who give these absurd lies to the reporters to publish and hype in the first place to fool the average Joe into thinking his nation’s resources will be paying for something much more necessary than his and his family’s well being.

Media reports has no effect on such people as Milley. They only act or react when there’s something in it for them. Have you ever seen they react to wildly reported war crimes and atrocities done by the likes of Saudi, Emirati, or the Zionist regime or their own military thugs?


It seems all those myths about winning the cold war by pressuring the former Soviet Union into an arms race that broke them was wrong all along. It the US that is frightened to their core to “loose” the “race” they started, as they already are indebted beyond imagination. A truly broken country that has lost almost every conflict they brought upon others.

Ivan Freely

Unsubstantiated or not. The Chinese would absolutely crush the US in a true arms race. Right now, the Chinese is still modernizing their military. At the same time, the Chinese knows the stupidity of getting carried away in an arms race.

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