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Image shows DF-17 medium-range ballistic missiles equipped with a DF-ZF hypersonic glide vehicle, involved in a military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the Chinese People's Republic

China has denied reports that it tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile earlier this year, insisting instead that it was a routine spacecraft check.

a hypersonic missile had been launched in the summer. It flew through low-orbit space before cruising down and narrowly missing its target, the report said.

“The test showed that China had made astounding progress on hypersonic weapons and was far more advanced than US officials realised,” the report read. – interesting if true.Earlier, Mike Gallagher, a Republican member of the House Armed Services Committee, had warned that if Washington stuck to its current approach it would lose a new Cold War with China within a decade.

“I don’t think it’s more significant than China’s growing missile silos or air launch nuclear weapons or new submarine nuclear weapons,” he said. “But it fits a pattern of increasing capability [without] transparency.”

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