Psaki says Biden welcomes ‘stiff competition’ from China, but not conflict

This weekend it was revealed that China successfully tested a new missile design — specifically, a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile — that could pose a serious threat to U.S. national security.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki addressed the startling development while speaking with reporters on Monday, and her words were less than inspiring, as she indicated that President Joe Biden is open to “stiff competition” from the communist nation. 

According to Fox News, Psaki was asked about China’s heightened nuclear capabilities but said she was “not going to comment on this specific report,” and instead referred to an earlier statement made by Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.

“I know general, Secretary Austin, I should say, was asked this question this morning and addressed it,” Psaki said.

China concerns

“I can say, and echo what he said, which is, generally speaking, we have made clear our concern about the military capabilities that the PRC continues to pursue, and we’ve been consistent in our approach with China,” the press secretary added.

Psaki concluded by insisting that the Biden administration welcomes “stiff competition, but we do not want that competition to veer into conflict, and that is certainly what we convey privately as well.”

Fox News noted that Sec. Austin had little say regarding the matter other than promising that the United States will “watch closely China’s development of armaments and advanced capabilities and systems that will only increase tensions in the region.”

“We have no idea”

Sec. Austin’s remarks were far more low-key than comments made by some regional experts upon learning that China launched a nuclear-capable rocket in August that circled the globe and managed to land within roughly 24 miles of its intended target.

Some of those experts include MIT professor Taylor Fravel, who specializes in Chinese nuclear weapons. He explained that the rocket in question was a “hypersonic glide vehicle.”

As Fox News noted, Fravel said China’s new design means that that particular type of missile is able to fly at “lower trajectories and can maneuver in flight, which makes them hard to track and destroy.”

Fox News also referenced a pair of unnamed sources who spoke with the Financial Times, and are said to have been briefed regarding the shocking Chinese missile test.

One of the two sources reportedly candidly admitted, “We have no idea how they did this,” adding that U.S. intelligence officials had been taken by surprise, which is unsettling to say the very least.

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