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Leaked documents reportedly show that China has developed a new missile which can evade US defences.
The top secret report by the Joint Chiefs of Staff intelligence directorate, compiled on February 28, shows China’s new DF-27 missile had been the subject of successful testing.
The new device is described as a hypersonic intermediate-range ballistic missile and is part of the Dongfeng series – a group of missiles readymade to deliver nuclear warheads.
According to the leaked report, the weapon “possesses a high probability of penetrating” US ballistic missile defences.
Contents of the February 28 memo was part of an alleged breach by Jack Teixeira, a 21-year-old National Guard member, who was arrested yesterday by the FBI and now faces criminal charges.
Intelligence suggests that the newly crafted missile is capable of flying at more than five times the speed of sound and is described as having a hypersonic glide vehicle.
This means it can shift in flight, making it incredibly difficult to shoot down.
The document noted the DF-27 flew for around 12 minutes, traveling 2,100 kilometers (1,300 miles), The Washington Post reported.
Files claim the “the DF-27 is designed to enhance [China’s] ability to hold targets at risk beyond the Second Island Chain and possesses a high probability of penetrating US” ballistic missile defense.
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US President Joe Biden spoke about the leak, which also include allegations that China was supply arms to Russia, while he was on official duty in Ireland, but said he was “not concerned” by it.
He added: “I’m concerned that it happened. But there’s nothing contemporaneous that I’m aware of that’s of great consequence.”
Other politicians were also asked about the released information, including Mateusz Morawiecki, Poland’s prime minister, who was asked whether the world’s confidence in the US would be impacted as a result of it.
Speaking to the Guardian at an Atlantic Council event in Washington, he said: “I’m not going to think twice. I believe failures happen and mistakes happen, but we have to be as close as possible to our allies in western Europe and the United States. We have to unite on this front as well.”
Brig Gen Patrick Ryder, the spokesman for the Pentagon, said that there were “rules in place” to ensure breaches did not occur, and that government officials sign “a nondisclosure agreement, so all indications are that this is a criminal act”.
China reportedly approved a move to support Russia with shipments of weapons, but wished for its involvement to remain a secret, the leaks also noted.
In documents dated February 23, Beijing backed Russia and disguised the items as being “civilian” utensils – and not weapons.
China’s foreign ministry representative, Qin Gang, claimed that China would never provide arms to any side in the Ukraine war, and as a result would also restrict the export of dual-use tech.
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