A suspected Chinese spy balloon was discovered over Montana, USA, on Wednesday, February 1, according to reports from Canadian and American officials. The US Department of Defense announced on Friday, February 3, that a second spy balloon had allegedly been spotted above Latin America, close to Colombia. Two balloons in all have been found.
The Independent reports that American authorities have disclosed their efforts to find the two purported Chinese spy balloons. They are not seen as an active danger, according to the Pentagon, thus no attempt will be made to shoot them down. US Defense officials worry that if their balloons are shot down, the debris could hurt bystanders, according to the Guardian. The balloon is a research-use airship, according to Mao Ning, the Chinese Ministry’s spokesperson. Her accusations have been refuted by American officials.
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Brigadier General Patrick Ryder, the Pentagon’s press secretary, confirmed the existence of the two Chinese spy balloons in a statement to the Independent. The first spy balloon, which was first discovered over Montana, is still in American airspace, according to Ryder. The Chinese spy balloons are not currently regarded as an immediate threat to the American people, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, but they are ready to be attacked if necessary.
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The alleged spy balloons, according to Mao Ning of the Chinese foreign ministry, were actually civilian airships that were propelled into American airspace by westerly winds.
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Mao Ning said:
“(The balloon is a) civilian airship used for research, mainly meteorological, purposes. Affected by the Westerlies and with limited self-steering capability, the airship deviated far from its planned course.”
John Blaxland, a professor of international security and intelligence studies at the Australian National University, claimed in an interview with the Guardian that the US government should respond violently to the balloons’ presence in American airspace. According to ABC, when one of the purported Chinese spy balloons is over the Atlantic, the American authorities may shoot it down. For more information, you can follow our Twitter account.