The tension between China and the United States increased when a senior US defense official reported that the Pentagon watches a Chinese spy balloon fly over its territory. At the request of President Joe Biden, the Department of Defense knocked over the device. According to US officials, they “revealed that the high-altitude balloon was capable of conducting signals intelligence gathering operations.”
The image dates from February 3, 2023. The globe It was detected for the first time on January 28. and the Army shot it down off the South Carolina coast after it crossed the country.
China threat to the United States?
China warned Washington on Sunday that it “will bear all the consequences” if it escalates controversy over a balloon the US military shot down earlier this month.
The head of Chinese diplomacy, Wang Yi, today dismissed as “hysterical” and “absurd” the reaction of the United States to shoot down a Chinese balloon that it considered a spy.
“There are many balloons in the sky from different countries. Do you want to shoot down every one of them?Wang said at the Munich Security Conference.
USA shot down the balloon with an F-22 Raptor fighterwhich he attributed to surveillance purposes, off the coast of South Carolina, on February 4.
China expressed its “strong discontent” as it claims that the balloon was civilian, for meteorological research and that it arrived involuntarily into US airspace.