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Chinese Spy Balloon Flying Over the United States Pentagon Says
Senior U.S. authorities have cautioned President Joe Biden against firing down what is believed to be a Chinese spy balloon that has been hovering over the United States for the past few days. They are concerned that the debris left behind could pose a risk to public safety.
The way of gathering intelligence, which is reminiscent of an old-fashioned spy movie, brings to mind the lengths to which Beijing and Washington have been willing to go to spy on each other in the midst of rising tensions.
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A senior official in the United States Department of Defense stated on Thursday to reporters that it was “clearly the objective of this balloon is for surveillance,” adding that it did not have any technology that was groundbreaking.
The United States of America and China, the two greatest economies in the world, have been experiencing tensions as of late due to their disagreements regarding Taiwan as well as China’s human rights record and its military activity in the South China Sea.
Antony Blinken, the Secretary of State for the United States of America, is scheduled to travel to China in the coming days. Since the balloon entered U.S. airspace a few days ago, the federal government in Washington has been monitoring its movements and has even sent manned military aircraft to keep an eye on it.
On Wednesday, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin called a meeting of senior Pentagon officials to discuss the balloon incident while he was in the Philippines. The meeting was held to discuss the balloon incident.
The insider informed reporters that the decision to shoot down the balloon that was flying over Montana was made after military authorities debated doing so but ultimately advised President Joe Biden against doing so due to the potential risk to safety posed by debris.
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The official stated that the balloon’s current flight route would transport it over a variety of sensitive sites; however, they did not provide any further details. 150 silos designed to house intercontinental ballistic missiles can be found at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana.
However, officials did confirm that the balloon was operating above civilian air traffic and below “outer space.” They just wouldn’t reveal how high the balloon was flying. Officials from the United States discussed the matter with their counterparts from China.
The official went on to say that they were made aware of how seriously we take this matter. “We have indicated to them the severity with which we view this issue,” A request for comment that was sent to the Chinese embassy in Washington did not receive an instant response.
The official stated that there had been other cases in recent years in which spy balloons have flown over the United States, but this particular balloon appeared to be lingering longer than in previous instances.
According to the official, “currently, we estimate that this balloon has minimal added value from an intelligence collecting standpoint. Nevertheless, we are taking precautions to protect against the foreign intelligence gathering of sensitive information.”
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