Post: Are they part of China’s balloon surveillance program?

The alleged spy balloon from China is apparently part of an extensive surveillance program. A US newspaper reports.

According to the Washington Post, the suspected spy balloon dropped by the US from China is part of Beijing’s extensive surveillance program. Such balloons have been collecting information about military installations in countries and regions of China’s strategic interest for years, the newspaper reported on Tuesday evening (local time), citing US intelligence circles.

These include, for example, Japan, India, Vietnam, Taiwan and the Philippines. The balloons will operate partially off the coast of the island of Hainan in southern China. They have been seen on five continents so far.

Relations between Washington and Beijing are even worse

The recent emergence of a Chinese surveillance bubble suspected of being used for spying on US soil has further cooled the already frosty relations between the two countries. The U.S. military downed a Chinese balloon across the Atlantic off the state of South Carolina.

The balloon was dropped last Saturday:

The wreckage is now being salvaged from the sea. The US hopes the assessment will provide important insights into China’s approach. After discovering the balloon, China said it was a civilian weather balloon that had come off its course. US officials flatly denied this account, insisting it was a spy bubble.

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Threat from Biden

US President Joe Biden threatened Beijing to take decisive action after the balloon went over it. Biden testified before the US Congress in his State of the Union speech.

As we made clear last week, if China threatens our sovereignty, we will take action to protect our country.

Joe Biden

Washington accuses China of using the balloon to spy on military installations.

Old technology, modern amenities

“The Chinese have combined incredibly ancient technology with modern communications and surveillance capabilities to gather intelligence on other countries’ armed forces,” an unnamed US official told the Washington Post.

Anger in China after the shooting:

According to the newspaper, the US State Department has sent each US embassy detailed information about the surveillance balloons that can be shared with their allies and partners. “Our allies and partners are very concerned,” said the government representative.

Source: ZDF

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