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Schram: Is Chinese Xi a real leader?

As world leaders gather in Glasgow, desperately seeking to save our overheated planet from this cataclysmic cycle of worst storms and droughts, floods and famines, wildfires and meteorological hells, the leader whose voice will likely dominate the 26th Conference of United Nations on Climate Change will likely be the one who told the world that he was not coming.

Chinese Xi Jinping has worked to find other ways to make the news.

This summer and fall, the Chinese president escalated tensions in Taiwan militarily and diplomatically, sending fighter jets and bombers into Taiwan’s airspace and reminding his offshore democracy island that the world sees them as done. part of China.

And last week, on the eve of the UN summit, another clearly calculated leak stunned Pentagon experts halfway around the world. This summer, China tested a new generation of weapons – a “hypersonic missile” intended to completely evade the United States’ nuclear missile defense systems. The new Chinese missile was capable of being launched into orbit around the Earth, well above the detection of the famous American missile defense radar. Then, without being detected, it can apparently be fired at an American target. Maybe carrying a Chinese nuclear bomb.

America’s top general left no doubt how perilous – and historically difficult – China’s hypersonic missile test. General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called it “very close” to a “Sputnik moment”.

The Four-Star Army General made the blunt observation in a unique interview format, Bloomberg Television’s “The David Rubenstein Show,” which bills itself as featuring “peer-to-peer conversations” that the billionaire philanthropist and investor has with eminent journalists. Milley was of course referring to how Russia stunned America and the world in 1957 by launching the world’s first satellite, signaling that Russia was winning the space race. This is what prompted President John F. Kennedy to publicly proclaim, after taking office in 1961, that America would land a man on the moon by the end of the decade.

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