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The capacity of Chinese hypersonic missiles is discussed by Nikolai Sokov

Dong Feng 17 or DF-17, which is launched from land, can reach speeds of 7,680 mph (ten times the speed of sound), and has a range of up to 1,600 miles. Wu Qian, spokesman for Chinasaid the Ministry of Defense Peking had ordered both D17 and DF-26, a mid-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 that can avoid all existing anti-missile shields.

The DF-17, which includes a hypersonic slider, 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 reach.

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

US President Joe Biden

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 US Department of Defense’s report on China’s military power in 2021, published earlier this year.

Mr Davis said: “China’s growing nuclear arsenal and the growing concern that Beijing is moving towards a launch-on-alert position, coupled with the potential for a sub-strategic and tactical capability, raises questions about whether the country is also moving from its traditional” no first use “attitude.

“The report notes that China’s policy of not using for the first time is declarative and suggests that” there is some uncertainty about the conditions under which it would no longer apply “.

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

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

Davis added: “This development plays a role in terms of timing, not only in relation to an expected crisis in Taiwan, but also because the Biden administration is considering the possibility of adopting a declaration that is not used for the first time or” only for purposes “as a part of its review of the state of nuclear power in 2022.

“The administration should consider the consequences of doing so for allies who are concerned about US leadership and for deterrence more generally.

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


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

“China is rapidly breaking away from its traditional minimum deterrent position and may plan to use its nuclear weapons as a shield behind which it would feel free to use conventional forces in a future crisis.”

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

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

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

Sam Armstrong, of the Henry Jackson Society, told The Sun: “These are working models ready to be used 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 drive a bomb board against an aircraft carrier.”

Pictures have indicated that China has built missile targets in the desert based on at least two Arleigh Burke-class fighters and an American carrier.

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


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

When Wang Wenbin, a spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry, was questioned earlier this month, he denied any knowledge and said: “I am not aware of the situation you mentioned.”

Separately, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said it had provided strict representations to the United States over five US politicians’ visits to Taiwan this week.

During his regular press conference on Friday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said: “We advise some people in the United States not to play the Taiwan card, as it is a bad card and a losing hand.”

The United States should pursue a policy of China and immediately stop official exchanges with Taiwan in any form and remove all obstacles to China-US relations in advance, Zhao said.

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