The evolution of the pandemic and economic crash and President Trump's' push for deglobalization by slapping China with tariffs resulting in the fracturing of supply chains have heightened tensions between Washington and Beijing.
In response to soaring tensions, China has rapidly modernized its forces with stealth fighters and hypersonic weapons.
Late last year, China was expected to unveil the Xian H-20 supersonic stealth bomber, effectively doubling its country's striking range.
However, that didn't happen, but this week, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force gave the first glimpse of the stealth bomber's design in the service's 2021 recruitment video released on Tuesday, according to Global Times.
"In the closing minute of the video, an unknown aircraft rendered in computer-generated imagery enters the stage. It is covered in a white blanket and only the front outline can be seen, which suggests that the aircraft boasts a flying wing design with two intakes on the back of the plane. It has no visible tail wings and no winglets on the tips of the wings," Global Times said.
Mysterious Stealth Bomber (clip from video)
The only view of the mysterious plane, likely the H-20, without a cover, is the aircraft's view from a reflection on the googles of a pilot's helmet.
Mysterious Stealth Bomber In Reflection Of Pilot's Googles (clip from video)
Wei Dongxu, a Beijing-based military analyst, told the Global Times that the newly released video featuring an aircraft similar to US' Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit suggests the plane is likely the H-20.
"This could mean that China has achieved a generation-leaping development in bomber planes and become in possession of a world-class strategic stealth bomber," Dongxu said.
With a range of 5,300 miles and internal weapon bays, which could carry hypersonic missiles, the H-20 would likely have striking capabilities to hit many US bases in the Pacific Ocean.
Courtesy of BofA is a map of US military bases and presence in the Pacific Ocean and, specifically, in proximity to China.
Now it's only a matter of time before China releases the H-20 at some future airshow to show the world its next-generation bomber as Beijing could become the world's top superpower by the end of the decade.