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China Says ‘Hypersonic’ Object Put Into Orbit Was Space Vehicle

China said the mystery object launched into space earlier this year was a reusable space vehicle, describing a more innocuous incident than a report over the weekend that Beijing sent a hypersonic missile into orbit. 

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a regular news briefing Monday that the test had “great significance for reducing the cost” of space flights. “As we understand, this test is a routine space vehicle test to verify the technology of repeated use of a space vehicle,” he said in response to a question about a Financial Times report Saturday about what it said was a hypersonic missile test.