The editor-in-chief of a Chinese state media group subtly mocked the US, suggesting it re-adopt the Cold War doctrine of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) after Washington was shocked by Beijing’s missile tests.
Hu Xijin (editor-in-chief of Global Times) mocked Washington after a week when the US expressed its surprise at Chinese hypersonic missile test results in the summer.
Hu responded to an article published by The Financial Times on Thursday, in which it stated that China had conducted two hypersonic missile testing this summer and not just one, as was originally reported over the weekend.
“In face of speculation of China’s hypersonic weapons, the US needs to keep rationality and returns to the logic of major power game in the nuclear era. MAD [Mutually Assured Destruction] won’t make the US unsafe,” the state media boss wrote
“The US must abandon the crazy idea that it can strike China and Russia, but they can’t strike it,”Hu also added.
MAD, a doctrine that is associated with the Cold War Era when the Soviet Union and the US built substantial nuclear arsenals, can be found in the Cold War era. It is based upon the doctrine of deterrence. This theory states that no side will use nuclear weapons to attack the other, provided the other party can strike back equally.
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The abbreviation ‘MAD’ was developed ironically, with its creator, Donald Brennan, suggesting that holding weapons which could wipe out humanity was irrational.
On Saturday, The Financial Times reported that China had tested a space-capable hypersonic missile in August – it could also carry a nuclear payload. Two missiles have been confirmed to have been tested during the summer.
Washington claims it is surprised China has caught up to Washington. The news was reported by Joe Biden, the US President.
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