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Chinese hypersonic missile capabilities discussed by Nikolai Sokov

Dong Feng 17 or DF-17, which are fired from land, can reach speeds of 7,680 mph (ten times the speed of sound) and have a range of up to 1,600 miles. Wu Qian, a spokesman for China’s Defense Ministry, said Beijing had ordered both the D17 and DF-26, a medium-range ballistic missile with a range of more than 3,000 miles, “in large numbers”.

China announced the DF-17 two years ago with a four-minute clip of what it called the “blindingly fast and unstoppable” missile capable of bypassing all existing anti-missile shields.

The DF-17, which includes a hypersonic glider, can be equipped with a nuclear warhead.

In addition, China, led by President Xi Jinping, is also working on another missile, the DF-27, which will have a range of up to 5,000 miles, which could potentially put the US state of Hawaii within range.

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China’s Xi Jinping is building an arsenal of hypersonic missiles (Image: GETTY)

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US President Joe Biden (Image: GETTY)

Military analyst Malcolm Davis, who writes for the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, said the DF-17 had been highlighted in the U.S. Department of Defense’s 2021 China Military Power Report, released earlier this year.

Davis said: “China’s expanding nuclear arsenal and the growing concern that Beijing is moving towards a launch-on-warning stance, along with the potential for a sub-strategic and tactical capability, raises questions as to whether it is also shifting from its traditional ‘no first use’ attitude.

“The report notes that China’s policy of non-first use is declaratory and suggests that ‘there is some ambiguity about conditions where it would no longer apply’.

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DF-17 missiles during a Chinese military parade in 2019 (Image: GETTY)

“It says, ‘China’s lack of transparency regarding the scope and scope of its nuclear modernization program … raises questions about its future intent as it exhibits larger, more capable nuclear forces.”

Davis added: “This development is significant in terms of timing, not only in relation to an expected crisis over Taiwan, but also because the Biden administration is considering the possibility of adopting a declaration of non-first use or ‘sole purpose’ as part of of its 2022 review of nuclear status.

“The administration should consider the implications of doing so for allies concerned about US leadership and for deterrence more broadly.

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DF-17 missiles can travel at ten times the speed of sound (Image: GETTY)

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DF-17s can be equipped with nuclear warheads (Image: GETTY)

“China is moving too fast to break out of its traditional minimum deterrence position and possibly plans to use its nuclear forces as a shield behind which it would feel free to employ conventional forces in a future crisis.”

The latest revelations come at a time of escalating tensions over both Taiwan and the South China Sea, both of which China claims sovereignty over.

An expert suggested that Beijing build mock-up targets for U.S. aircraft carriers to help troops train for real-life operations.

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China’s military power in numbers (Image: Express)

Speaking to The Sun, Sam Armstrong of the Henry Jackson Society said: “These are working models ready to be deployed as a training exercise for a real operation against Western forces.

“You do not build a training model of an aircraft carrier unless you plan to run a bomb attack on an aircraft carrier.”

Pictures have suggested that China has built missile targets in the desert based on at least two Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers and a U.S. carrier.

Collin Koh, a researcher at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore, added: “I do not think the desert targets will be the last phase. It is intended for further refinement.”

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The speed of the D-17 means it can evade missile defense systems (Image: GETTY)

When questioned earlier this month, Wang Wenbin, a spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry, denied all knowledge and said: “I do not understand the situation you mentioned.”

Separately, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said it had made stern statements to the United States over five U.S. politicians’ visits to Taiwan this week.

During his regular media briefing on Friday, Zhao Lijian, a State Department spokesman, said, “We advise some people in the United States not to play the Taiwan card because it is a bad card and a losing hand.”

The United States should adhere to the policy of one China and immediately stop official exchanges with Taiwan in any form and clear in advance all obstacles to Sino-US relations, Zhao said.

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