China launches a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile around the Earth, catching the United States off guard.

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Insider sources have reported that China have a new “hard to defend” hypersonic missile that can circle the Earth in low orbit before heading towards its target

China has tested a new space capable hypersonic missile that can circle the Earth in low orbit before speeding towards its target, sources have said.

In a terrifying display of the nation’s advanced weapons capabilities, Beijing reportedly launched the nuclear-capable missile in August that sources said demonstrated “an advanced space capability that caught US intelligence by surprise,” according to Financial Times.

Three insider sources reportedly told the news outlet that the missile missed its target by over 20 miles (32 kilometres).

But two said the “test showed that China had made astounding progress on hypersonic weapons and was far more advanced than US officials realised”.

The sources claimed the hypersonic glide vehicle was being carried by a Long March rocket in August and kept in secret.

John Kirby, Pentagon spokesperson, said he would not comment on the specifics of the report.

He said: “We have made clear our concerns about the military capabilities China continues to pursue, capabilities that only increase tensions in the region and beyond.

“That is one reason why we hold China as our number one pacing challenge.”

China, Russia, the United States and at least five other countries are working on hypersonic technology.

Hypersonic missiles, similar to traditional ballistic missiles, are able to fly at more than five times the speed of sound.

However, hypersonic missiles are able to fly in a low atmosphere trajectory while a ballistic missile flies in a slower high arc in space to reach their target.

Also, a hypersonic missile is able to be manoeuvred, making it much harder to track and defend against.

The US and other countries have developed high-tech systems which are able defend against ballistic and cruise missiles, but the ability to track a launched hypersonic missile remains in the air.

China has been eagerly developing the technology and sees it as crucial to defend against the US development in hypersonic, according to research conducted by the US Congressional Research Service (CRS).

The news comes with World War 3 tensions continuing to rise after China threatened Taiwan with “doomsday” and reportedly has soldiers on “high alert”.

A week after China vowed to “fight to the death” for control over Taiwan, its state-run newspaper has added that Beijing’s military is “ready to fight any time”.

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