外文标题：China confirms hypersonic missile carrier test
BEIJING (Reuters) - China has flight-tested a hypersonic missile delivery vehicle in a move that was scientific in nature and not targeted at any country, the Defence Ministry said on Wednesday.
A Chinese military build-up has raised regional jitters. Many countries in Asia have welcomed a stated U.S. intention to shift more attention and military assets back to the region. They are beefing up military spending and ties with Washington.
"Our planned scientific research tests conducted in our territory are normal," the Beijing Defence Ministry said in a faxed response to Reuters. "These tests are not targeted at any country and at any specific goals."
The statement confirmed a report by the online Washington Free Beacon newspaper that the hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV) was detected flying at 10 times the speed of sound over China last week.
A spokesman for the Pentagon said it was aware of the test.
"We routinely monitor foreign defence activities and we are aware of this test," said Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Pool, a Pentagon spokesman:
"However, we don't comment on our intelligence or assessments of foreign weapon systems. We encourage greater (Chinese) transparency regarding their defence investments and objectives to avoid miscalculation," he said.
The Free Beacon said the test made China the second country after the United States to have successfully tested a hypersonic delivery vehicle able to carry nuclear warheads at a speed above Mach 10 - or 12,359 kilometers per hour (7,675 mph).
Three decades of double-digit, annual increases in military spending have accelerated Beijing's ambitious build-up and allowed Chinese defence factories to boost the quality and performance of home-grown weapons and military hardware.
China catches up REALLY FAST
If China were the first country to ever test such a thing, I might consider it a justifiable source of worry. But from what is clearly stated in the article - this sort of thing has been tested before. If one party can test it, then there's no reason some other party wouldn't. Also, I have to wonder if Russia has also tested it, but just didn't bother letting anyone else know about it.
only usa have right to conduct such test .
why free media love to add govt official statement into their article?
they serve as govt mouthpiece for the public?
since when pentagon become chinese govt mouthpiece, they always brag about capability of china military.
Quamie El Bin Fartein
China just needing to be better neighbor,and quite acting like
spoiled little child . . . .maybe that help
China can only steal and copy other nations technology. The whole rotten polluted house that is China will implode.
And the Agni 5 missile of India has a speed of Mach 24 or 24 times the speed of sound.
If they are catching up to or outpacing us, which I strongly disagree with, it isn't for lack of funds on our part. We outspend the rest of the world COMBINED on our military. Defense cuts are necessary and I support them. China most likely stole our technology to do this experiment and will be unable to repeat it or do anything else with it until they are able to hack our computers again to glean more information.
Yeah, just like US stole Nazi rocket technologies after WWII. BTW, if it is so easy to steal and copy, why so few countries test such technologies??
GOT A LIFE
The Chinese have been hacking into the US military computers for years so it is no surprise they have the ability to build modern weapon's
The new Cold War.
China is just having fun, they don't mean to use this missile, ug!!
usa carried out similar test
but free media ( who always behave like govt mouthpiece) did not say " raise regional jitter?
when the usa did it china did not get scared when china dose it the usa is scared
China is not sending its military to North America, why does the US send its military to Asia?
the US is the only other country with such technology, well can you guess where the chinese took this blueprints from? right out of the US military computer servers,no jokes!.