The Chinese New Year began with the traditional lighting of firecrackers on Friday, but the country's military has been working on incendiaries on an entirely different scale, NBC News reported.
Over the past year, the nation that invented gunpowder has been rolling out an array of high-tech weapons that some experts say could threaten the global superiority of the United States.
Those innovations include an electromagnetic railgun that uses electromagnets to fire projectiles as far as 100 nautical miles (115 miles) at seven times the speed of sound. There's also high-tech warships like the 12,000-ton stealth guided-missile destroyer and stealth fighter jets.
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Meanwhile, there's a medium-range missile that glides back to Earth on a slower, flatter trajectory that evades the gaze of radar-enabled U.S. missile defenses. And Chinese researchers have revealed plans to upgrade the country's nuclear submarines with artificial intelligence, signaling efforts to tap into military uses for AI.