China launches a hypersonic aircraft, the Starry Sky-2, on a test flight on August 3. The craft could carry nuclear warheads at six times the speed of sound. Photo: Science and Technology Daily

How Chinese hypersonic missile advances are inspiring the US to dust off ‘Star Wars’, as the ‘great power competition’ resumes

  • Hypersonic missiles developed by China and Russia are being used to justify the reprise of space-based missile defence systems by the Pentagon
  • The US is particularly concerned about super-fast guided missiles under development in China that could put US ships and bases at risk in Asia
Topic |   US-China relations

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China launches a hypersonic aircraft, the Starry Sky-2, on a test flight on August 3. The craft could carry nuclear warheads at six times the speed of sound. Photo: Science and Technology Daily
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