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Pentagon sounds alarm on China's 'hundreds' of hypersonic tests

Weapons with potentially global reach add new wrinkle for U.S. homeland

Military vehicles carrying DF-17 hypersonic missiles roll past Tiananmen Square in a 2019 parade marking the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- China is developing hypersonic weapons at a "stunning" pace, conducting "hundreds" of tests to Washington's nine over the past five years, a top Pentagon official told reporters.

Beijing has been willing to move fast and learn from its failures, while the Department of Defense has been held back by "brutal" bureaucracy, Gen. John Hyten, the outgoing vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, America's No. 2 uniformed military officer, said Thursday.

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