Trump alleges that China's hypersonic missile program is based on STOLEN US technology

Donald Trump claimed that China's hypersonic missile, whose launch astonished the White House, was built using technology stolen from the United States through Russia.

The former president stated on Hugh Hewitt's radio broadcast on Wednesday: 'You know, somebody gave them, during the Obama Administration, everything we had on hypersonic.'

'And Russia did it, and what I did is a catch-up program. And we’ve largely caught-up. But what happened is Russia got it and the China got it perhaps from Russia.'

'I doubt they did it themselves,' he said. 'They got it perhaps from Russia, maybe from some bad spy in the United States.' 

 
Trump claimed that China stole their hypersonic missile technology from the United States during an interview with Hugh Hewitt (right)  on Wednesday
Trump claimed that China stole their hypersonic missile technology from the United States during an interview with Hugh Hewitt (right)  on Wednesday
 
 
In July China carried out a hypersonic weapon test with a missile fired at five times the speed of sound (president Xi Jinping pictured)
In July China carried out a hypersonic weapon test with a missile fired at five times the speed of sound (president Xi Jinping pictured)
 
Officials have yet to comment on charges that it was stolen when Barack Obama was in office, and the Trump has provided no more details to his assertions.

The White House confirmed in September 2020, months before China's July 2021 launch, that the US was seeking to catch up with China and Russia in hypersonic technology.

China conducted a hypersonic weapon test in July, firing a missile at five times the speed of sound.

The hypersonic glide vehicle, which can carry a nuclear warhead, launched a missile in mid-flight over the South China Sea, surprising Pentagon specialists.
 
According to the Financial Times, experts at Darpa, the Pentagon's advanced research department, were perplexed as to how China was able to violate the laws of physics to fire a weapon from a vehicle traveling at hypersonic speeds.

According to CBS, China has been experimenting on hypersonic weapons rather than the traditional intercontinental ballistic missiles, which move in a predictable arc and can be detected by radars.
 
China is thought to have carried out two tests of a hypersonic orbital nuke - the first on July 27 and the second on August 13 this year
China is thought to have carried out two tests of a hypersonic orbital nuke - the first on July 27 and the second on August 13 this year
 

 

 
Hypersonic weapons are much harder for radars to pick up because they travel much closer to the planet's surface.
 

General John Hyten of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has dubbed them "first-use weapons," and fears China may one day utilize the technology to conduct a surprise nuclear assault on the United States.

'They look like a first-use weapon,' Hyten told CBS News. 'That's what those weapons look like to me.'

China later launched a second test on August 13 and it involved a similar 'hypersonic glide vehicle' to one launched into space on board a Long March rocket back in July.

Beijing acknowledged one of the tests but claimed the country launched a 'peaceful' civilian spacecraft. Analysts believe the craft can actually be tipped with a nuclear warhead which would be able to evade existing missile defenses.

In November a National Security Council spokesman expressed concerns about the test. 

'This development is concerning to us as it should be to all who seek peace and stability in the region and beyond.

'This also builds on our concern about many military capabilities that the People's Republic of China continues to pursue.'

According to scientists, the orbital bombardment system provides China greater options for hitting US targets.

The hypersonic test comes as China beefs up its nuclear arsenal in a way that signals it may be abandoning its previous'minimum deterrence' posture.

Both Russia and the United States have looked at hypersonic weapons in recent years, but analysts believe China's countermeasures show that Beijing's technology is far more advanced than either the Kremlin or the Pentagon's.

As a result, the US has vowed that during the next ten years, it will double its nuclear warheads to as many as 1,000.

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