A leading U.S. representative revealed that China is using American technology to further the development of new weapons systems, including hypersonic missiles that could be used for nuclear warfare, a report says.

Republican Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas of the House Foreign Affairs Committee said the Chinese communist government is using "predatory" international deals in order to acquire infrastructure used to create new military technologies, among others, The Epoch Times reported.

The American representative made his comments during a chat with the D.C.-based think tank, the Atlantic Council.

"What's probably the biggest highlighted example of this? The hypersonic missile," McCaul said. "The weapon that we saw China launch with great precision ... and can actually carry a nuclear warhead."

McCaul further explained that upon closer inspection, the Chinese hypersonic missile "was actually built on the backbone of American technology."

Intellectual theft

According to a report from intelligence firm Strider Technologies, released earlier this year, the Chinese Community Party (CCP) systematically recruited at least 162 scientists from the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) for the purpose of working on its military programs.

The CCP used a so-called "Talent Superpower Strategy" that promised rewards for academics, researchers and scientists who will study abroad then return to China to share the knowledge and expertise they have acquired from other countries.

Many of these researchers came to the U.S. to receive training in areas critical to national security. They were conducting military research for the Chinese government in the guise of education. One of them even acquired Top Secret clearance for the U.S. Department of Energy.

At least 59 of those whom the CCP recruited and were from the LANL eventually returned to China were part of the Thousand Talents Program.

The report also said that of the 113 LANL postdoctoral researchers and permanent staff members who returned to China, more than 79% contributed to the CCP's hypersonics program, as well as the development of jet engines, stealth submarines, unmanned vehicles, and warheads.

McCaul pointed out that the Chinese program is designed to acquire American intellectual property.

"What they do is they infiltrate our researchers, and they give them a lot of [money]," McCaul said, referring to the program.

"And some, in the 1,000 Talents program, they will give the mothership back in China this research and development," he added.

The Strider Technologies report revealed how China expanded its network in American institutions so that it can acquire the training and knowledge it needed to advance its economic development, as well as military modernization, using American taxpayer money.