China denies test of supersonic rocket, says it was a spacecraft

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“We tested a non-supersonic space rocket capable of carrying a nuclear warhead,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Of China targeting the Financial Times.

Citing five people who are aware of the issue, The Financial Times wrote on Saturday that China had launched a supersonic rocket into space. capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, which orbited the Earth before beginning its descent to its target, but missed more than 32 kilometers. The paper said, among other things, that China’s progress in the field of supersonic weapons “occupied hexapine US intelligence.”

«“It was not a rocket, it was a spacecraft.” Minister Xiao Lizian made the remarks at a regular press conference in Beijing, answering a question about the newspaper’s report, adding that was a “routine test” to test vehicle reuse technology.

The importance of a reuse test is that it can “provide a cheap and convenient method for people to travel peacefully to and from space,” said Xiao, who added that many companies have conducted similar tests.

“The test took place in July and not in August”

The Foreign Ministry noted, among other things, as reported by the Athens News Agency, citing Reuters and AFP, that the test took place in July and not in August, as the Financial Times wrote.

The United States is closely monitoring China’s military modernization program to assess potential risks posed by its increasingly dynamic strategic rival.

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