China claims that US high-altitude balloons have flown over China’s airspace more than 10 times in the past year.
Beijing argued after Washington accused China of operating surveillance balloons around the world.
development comes the next day US military plane shoots down fourth flying object The Pentagon said it flies near sensitive military installations and is a risk to civilian aircraft.
It went down at Lake Huron, Michigan at 2:42 pm local time on Sunday. President Joe Biden’s order.
when the queue starts Suspicious Chinese spy balloon shot down by the US off the coast of South Carolina earlier this month.
A vessel has been deployed into the water to begin recovery operations.
“U.S. Balloons Trespass Into Airspace”
China’s foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin did not provide details about the alleged US balloon launch today.
He did not explain how they were treated or whether they had ties to the government or the military.
“U.S. balloons often illegally enter other countries’ airspace,” he said in his daily briefing.
“Since last year, US high-altitude balloons have flown illegally through Chinese airspace more than a dozen times without the approval of Chinese authorities.”
A Chinese spokesman added that the US “should first reflect on itself and change course, rather than slander and incite confrontation.”
China said the balloon shot down by the US over South Carolina was an unmanned airship built for weather research and was blown off course.
It accused the United States of overreacting by shooting it down, and threatened to take unspecified action in response.
“Alert enhanced” after latest “object”
U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken canceled a visit to Beijing Following a balloon sighting earlier this month.
Many hoped the visit would put an end to the sharp deterioration in US-China relations over Taiwan, trade, human rights and China’s threatening behavior in the disputed South China Sea.
The Biden administration on Thursday cited images from U.S. U-2 spy planes as balloons detecting and collecting intelligence signals as part of a massive military-related aerial surveillance program targeting more than 40 countries. It was equipped for
U.S. Air Force General Glenn Van Haak admitted he did not know what the last three objects were or how they remained in the air before they were shot down.
But he told reporters they weren’t the same balloons that caused the ruckus.
“There’s a reason we’re calling it an object instead of a balloon,” he said, refusing to deny the explanation even when asked if it could be extraterrestrial.
General Van Haak said part of the reason for the repeated downings was the “increased vigilance” following an alleged Chinese spy balloon.
As part of its response to the incident, the United States imposed economic restrictions on six Chinese companies it said were linked to Beijing’s aerospace program.
The U.S. House of Representatives also unanimously condemned China for “boldly violating” U.S. sovereignty and seeking to “delude the international community through false claims about China’s intelligence-gathering campaign.”
China defends laser use in new case
Wang Wenbin reiterated China’s dismissal of the US allegations, saying, “The US’s frequent launch of advanced missiles to shoot down objects is an overreaction of excessive effort.” rice field.
Meanwhile, on Monday Philippines denounces Chinese Coast Guard ship It targeted a Philippine ship with military lasers and temporarily blinded some of its crew in the South China Sea, calling it a “blatant” violation of Manila’s sovereignty.
China said a Philippine Coast Guard vessel entered Chinese waters without authorization on Feb. 6, and China said it responded “professional and with restraint.”
China claims ownership of virtually all strategic waterways and is steadily building up maritime forces and island outposts.
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