The Chinese tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile this summer, according to recent reporting in the Financial Times, and it’s made U.S. officials anxious. Though Beijing says it was just doing a routine test of spacecraft technology, and though there’s still some uncertainty about what actually took place, U.S. President Joe Biden acknowledges that he’s concerned about the prospect of China having hypersonic weapons. U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham reportedly is warning of a potential nuclear arms race. Why would China have tested this technology, and what are the implications for the U.S. and the rest of the world?
The Signal interviews Stacie Pettyjohn on the problem of nuclear deterrence in a multipolar world.
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