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Secret weapons technology poised to propel China ahead of the U.S.

Washington must develop its own 'Sputnik moments' to stay ahead

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Chang'e 5 probe gathers samples on the moon surface on Dec. 2, 2020: over a dozen Chinese institutes are working to extract Helium-3 from moon rock samples.   © Xinhua/AP

Liam Gibson is a Taipei-based geopolitical analyst and the founder of Policy People, a podcast and newsletter platform for think tank experts. He currently serves as the international public relations director at the Taiwan-based NGO, Asia-Pacific Youth Association.

The stunned silence that descended on Washington after the Financial Times recently reported that China had successfully tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic glider shows how dangerously inept the U.S. policy establishment has become at preempting China's technological breakthroughs.

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