The US military could potentially be at a tactical disadvantage should a conflict arise in the South China Sea over Taiwan. This is what National Defense magazine noted regarding the edge of China in terms of developing energetic materials commonly used in pyrotechnics, propellants, and explosives.

The article revealed the US military used the same chemicals for energetics development, including the Research Department eXplosive or RDX and the High-Molecular-Weight RDX (HMX). The HMX, also called octogen, is a chemical compound used in high explosive materials.

RDX was discovered by German chemist Georg Friedrich Henning and was patented in 1989. This white, odorless, tasteless chemical was widely used in World War II.

On the other hand, HMX is a nitroamine high explosive that was first used in 1930 and can be mixed with TNT.