The most blatant step toward conflict was the recent Chinese testing of hypersonic glider weapons. The Financial Times recently reported that the Chinese People’s Liberation Army had successfully tested the nuclear-capable hypersonic missiles in July and August this summer, a development that left American military officials ‘stunned’ and caught completely unaware. This crisis of American military intelligence was heightened by the news last week that the US attempt at testing its own hypersonic missile rocket was a failure. The success of PRC testing points to increasing worries that China is much further ahead with technology than previously understood. The particular fears about this technology is both that it is more manoeuvrable than traditional intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and that it also would provide the Chinese with the ability to launch an attack from the South Pole, a strategic position that the US lacks systems to prevent. The development of this new technology marks the new focus of this Cold War, not just economic clout but technological advantage, and in both respects the US is falling behind.