Weather balloons released by America. The Chinese foreign ministry claims that the United States has violated Chinese airspace more than ten times in the last year using balloons.
After the United States fired down a suspected spy balloon above its territory on February 4th, China claimed that the balloon was an accidentally released weather balloon.
Since then, relations between the two nations have worsened. More than one unidentified flying object has been shot down by the United States in recent days.
Upon being questioned on Monday, Beijing said the United States had repeatedly violated Chinese airspace.
At a routine press briefing, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin stated, “It’s not uncommon at all for the United States to illegally invade the airspace of other nations.”
More than ten times in the past year, U.S. balloons have flown illegally above China without permission from Chinese authorities.
Instead of smearing and condemning China, “the first thing the US side should do is start with a clean slate, do some self-reflection,” he said.
He praised Beijing for its “responsible and professional” response to the invasions.
‘I propose you refer to the US side if you want to know more about US high-altitude balloons illegally invading China’s airspace,’ he said.
Over the weekend, state-affiliated media in China reported that a UFO had been detected off the country’s east coast and that the military was preparing to shoot it down.
On Twitter, National Security Council spokesman Adrienne Watson called the accusations from Beijing that the United States had flown surveillance balloons above China to be “nonsense.”
After the first balloon incident, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken canceled a trip to Beijing. High-altitude espionage by China was deemed “unacceptable and irresponsible” by the top ambassador.
For the fourth time in eight days, the United States on Sunday ordered the destruction of an unmanned “octagonal structure” in Michigan, not far from the Canadian border.
Smaller unidentified flying objects were also shot down by fighter jets over Alaska on February 10 and northern Canada on February 11.
As for “no understanding of [these other objects],” Mr. Wang emphatically declared that he possessed none.
It’s an overreaction of excessive force, he argued, for the United States to regularly launch sophisticated missiles to shoot down UFOs.
General Glen VanHerck, the head of the United States military, has stated that the latest item poses no threat.
He speculated that the objects might be gaseous balloons or propulsion systems, but admitted that he could not rule out the possibility that they were alien craft.
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak promised to do “whatever it takes” to protect his country from invading surveillance balloons.
The quick reaction alert force uses Typhoon planes that are ready at all times to patrol the airspace around the United Kingdom, he said.