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AMERICAN air defenses and ships are vulnerable to China’s hypersonic superweapons as officials in Washington appear naïve about Beijing’s military intentions, an expert warns.  

Elites within the Chinese Communist Party are pursuing an imperialist agenda as the country aims to seek military parity with the US in the coming years.

4Officials in Washington are 'naive' regarding China's development of hypersonic weapons, an expert says 4China's wargames have intensified in recent months as officials have tested underwater explosives - part of a strategy to wipe out US vessels

Beijing allegedly tested a hypersonic weapon that orbited the Earth in July, and a second missile was launched during the same test event, according to reports in the Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal.

The missile fell "harmlessly" into the South China Sea.

Its role remains unknown as commentators speculated that the missile could've been used to target or deflect a power’s defenses against a potential hypersonic attack.

Officials in Washington were left scrambling as the test caught them off-guard.

Sam Armstrong, of the Henry Jackson Society, told The Sun: “We’re led to believe that the West was unaware of China’s hypersonic missile.

"Should it be true, it does lead us to question ‘Why are our leaders so naïve about China’s intentions?'”

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Armstrong continued: “After the Cold War, there was a degree of naivety and hubris among Western foreign policy elites as they thought they had won the great battle of ideas.”

He warned that China is developing weapons at a speed that are designed to take out enemy vessels.

Armstrong said that American vessels, troops, and military assets are vulnerable and officials in Washington have to realize that weapons are being created with the intention to take on the US.

Space Force General David Thompson warned: “We’re not as advanced as the Chinese or the Russians in terms of hypersonic programs.”

Biden and Xi have agreed to hold talks designed at reducing tensions, but Armstrong says it’s difficult to see what the discussions will achieve.

He said: “China has very little to gain in giving up on its military or imperial ambitions right now. 

“It's difficult to see what President Biden seeks to obtain in entering any talks unless China is prepared to say that its own military expenditure is threatening its own economic development at home."

Beijing has developed missile targets shaped like US warships depicting a full-scale outline of at least two Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers and a US carrier, pictures show.

China’s high-tech Type 003 aircraft carrier is apparently nearing completion and Beijing has conducted tests using underwater explosives.

The country already has two aircraft carriers that are based on Soviet Cold War-era designs.

The new ship is expected to be a 100,000-ton‘ supercarrier’ and could match America's powerful Nimitz class vessels.

It will feature more advanced aircraft launching technology, allowing it to launch the FC-31 new generation of stealth fighters much faster.

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Matthew Funaiole, a senior fellow at the CSIS's China Project, said the new ship would be the Chinese military's "first foray into a modern aircraft carrier”.

And, officials have tested underwater explosives in what appears to be a strategy to potentially wipe out the US Navy.

Video from the state's mouthpiece The Global Times shows a large gush of water rising into the air during a simulated attack at an unnamed naval port.

Thousands of pieces of data were collected by sensors as computers analyzed how much of the port had been destroyed.

China has already plowed $1trillion into its military this year and has developed missile and radar systems that can rapidly sink US aircraft carriers.  

It has also developed the ability to shoot down American fighter jets and to threaten islands such as Okinawa and Guam.

Deployment of the DF-26 missile dubbed the “Guam killer" has rapidly expanded over the past year, according to a Pentagon intelligence report.

China currently possesses around 100 intercontinental ballistic missiles that have the potential to strike the continental US, but little is known about Beijing’s hypersonic development program.

The DF-17 is equipped with a hypersonic glide vehicle and was showcased in 2019 during a National Day military parade.

While the Xingkong 2 nuclear-capable hypersonic prototype was successfully tested at a target range in northwest China in 2018.

Although fears may be escalating about China's future potential, the US' nuclear stockpile considerably outnumber that of Beijing's.

There's no indication that Beijing is set to overtake Washington in the immediate years.

4Beijing has plowed more than $1trillion into its military this yearCredit: Getty 4Chinese troops paraded the DF-17 in 2019, which was equipped with a hypersonic glide vehicleCredit: AFP China's hypersonic nuke 'fired a SECOND missile mid-flight' leaving Pentagon reeling as experts say it 'defies science'
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Two key signs of Omicron that mean you need to get tested now, warns expert

THERE are a number of symptoms that mean you should get yourself checked for Omicron.

The signs are wide ranging and present as more cold-like or flu, especially in the vaccinated.

2There are two key symptoms of Omicron you should never ignore, an expert has saidCredit: LNP

Covid booster jabs protect against Omicron and offer the best chance to get through the pandemic, health officials have repeatedly said.

As more variants appear more possible symptoms have popped up - like muscle aches, gut problems and feeling dizzy.

Some are less common, but others are being regularly logged by people hit with the latest variant.

One expert has warned there are two signs that are likely to mean you have Omicron.

Professor Tim Spector, the lead scientist behind the Zoe Symptom Study App, said: "There has been significant increase in reports of sore throat and hoarse voice.

"So that the frequency of those is much more common than it was.

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"It's much more common now with Omicron than it was with other variants. so sore throats are a really key sign of Omciron.

"People describe it as scratchy type of sore throat and very painful - something they've not really found before with other colds."

There are several early warning signs to watch out for that could be mistaken for a cold.

These include headaches, runny noses and sneezing, among others.

Each week experts working on the study reveal the top 20 symptoms seen in Brits.

It's especially helpful to know what symptoms they have when infected with the variant, as it helps others look for clues they too could be ill.

The NHS still lists a new persistent cough, a loss of taste and smell and a high temperature as the key signs of Covid.

But it's important that if you think you have Covid from any known symptom you get a test and isolate for five full days and take lateral flows to be released.

It comes as official new data revealed booster jabs slash the risk of dying with Omicron by 95 per cent.

The UK Health Security Agency analysis looked at the impact of the third shot on mortality for over-50s.

The top 20 symptoms:
  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Sneezing
  • Persistent cough
  • Hoarse voice
  • Other
  • Unusual joint pains
  • Chills or shivers
  • Fever
  • Dizzy
  • Eye soreness
  • Brain fog
  • Unusual muscle pains
  • Altered smell
  • Skipped meals
  • Swollen glands
  • Chest pain
  • Earache

According to the symptom study data, there are currently 159,486 new daily symptomatic cases of Covid, an increase of ten per cent on last week.

Prof Spector warned cases are set to remain high until spring, with current new daily infections hovering around 100,000 in the UK.

He added: "The bounce back in case numbers just as we lift restrictions has come sooner than many expected.

"But it’s not surprising given that, throughout the pandemic, we’ve seen the end of school holidays repeatedly usher in a rapid rise in cases among children, which then cross over into parents and school staff.

"However, the good news is that most vaccinated infections are mild, with symptoms lasting on average for a shorter time overall than Delta and with less severe cases.

"It’s clear that Covid and its new variants will continue to have an impact on our day-to-day lives for some time.

"It’s crucial that we’re responsible with our new freedoms and help to keep case numbers down and prevent the virus reaching the more vulnerable groups.”

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Lead scientist on a Covid-tracking study Tim Spector says how long your Omicron symptoms will last

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