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Pentagon Rattled By Chinese Military Push On Multiple Fronts

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FILE - Air Force Gen. John Hyten, outgoing commander of US Strategic Command, speaks during a change of command ceremony at Offutt AFB in Nebraska, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. China's growing military muscle and its drive to end America predominance in the Asia-Pacific is rattling the U.S. defense establishment. “The pace at which China is moving is stunning,” says Gen. John Hyten, the No. 2-ranking U.S. military officer, who previously commanded U.S. nuclear forces and oversaw Air Force space operations. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

(AP) — China’s growing military muscle and its drive to end U.S. predominance in the Asia-Pacific is rattling the U.S. defense establishment. American officials see trouble on multiple fronts — an expanding Chinese nuclear arsenal, advances in its space, cyber and missile technologies, and threats to Taiwan.

The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. John Hyten, says the pace at which China is moving “is stunning.” The latest example of surprising speed was China’s recent test of a hypersonic weapon capable of partially orbiting Earth before reentering the atmosphere and gliding on a maneuverable path to its target.

 

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