The crashing of a spy balloon suspected of belonging to China over the sea off the coast of America further strained relations between the two countries. China is angry.
China protested the lowering of the Chinese bubble used for espionage after accusations from the US. A spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry in Beijing expressed “strong dissatisfaction” with China’s use of force against the US “civilian drone”.
China reserves the right to give “required responses”. China has repeatedly informed the US that the balloon was for civilian purposes, and it entered US airspace “for purely accidental force majeure”.
The Pentagon itself said the balloon poses no threat to the military or people on the ground. The US insistence on using force under these circumstances is a “blatant overreaction” and a violation of standard international practice.
Pentagon representative: sea rescue “easy”
After launch, a senior Pentagon official said that the recovery of the balloon was now in full swing.
The wreckage is in relatively shallow water, which makes it “pretty easy” to recover.
The balloon had been observed and followed for some time. It appeared over Alaska on January 28, Canada on January 30, and the US state of Idaho on January 31.
China: Defense first, anger second
In response to the incident, US Secretary of State Blinken canceled a visit to Beijing that was originally supposed to take place on Sunday. He described the balloon’s entry into US airspace as “unacceptable” and “irresponsible”.
China, on the other hand, talked about a research balloon being blown off course by “force majeure”. After the incident was initially “repentant” in an unusually defensive manner, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman went on the offensive:
Biden: Order placed days ago
Joe Biden told reporters on Saturday that he had given the order to shoot him a few days ago. On Wednesday, when he was briefed about the balloon, he ordered the flying object to be dropped “as soon as possible”.
Defense Secretary Austin said that launching the balloon on land would be very dangerous due to the balloon’s size, height and load. He stressed that China is trying to use the balloon to monitor strategic locations on the US mainland. He spoke of an “unacceptable violation” of US sovereignty.
Many Republicans, including former US President Donald Trump, have called for the bubble to be lowered.
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