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(China’s hypersonic glide vehicle DF-17 is seen on Oct. 1, 2019 during a military parade in Beijing to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic. Source: "The Asahi Shimbun" / "Getty Images.")

By: Ellen Nakashima and Gerry Shih | THE WASHINGTON POST |

In a secretive military facility in southwest China, a supercomputer whirs away, simulating the heat and drag on hypersonic vehicles speeding through the atmosphere — missiles that could one day be aimed at a U.S. aircraft carrier or Taiwan[.] … The computer is powered by tiny chips designed by a Chinese firm called Phytium Technology using American software and built in the world’s most advanced chip factory in Taiwan[.] … “Phytium acts like an independent commercial company,” said Eric Lee[.] … “Its executives wear civilian clothes, but they are mostly former military officers from NUDT.’’ …

Read the full article in The Washington Post.