The Chinese regime rejected a call from the Pentagon to clarify the incursion of the spy balloon into its airspace
The US Department of Defense reiterated that it is very important for Washington to keep the lines of communication open between the two countries in order to responsibly manage the relationship
< /p>The Chinese regime rejected a call from the Pentagon to clarify the incursion of the spy balloon into its airspace.
The US government assured this Tuesday that the regime of Xi Jinpingrejected a call with the country's authorities after Washington shot down its spy balloon.
The US Department of Defense He said he requested a call between Secretary Lloyd Austin and his Chinese counterpart, Wei Fenghe, after the balloon was shot down.
“Unfortunately, the People's Republic of China has declined our request,” said Pentagon spokesman Patrick Ryder, reiterating that they retain the “importance of keeping the lines of communication open” between the two countries “in order to responsibly manage the relationship”.
For his part, the charge d'affaires of the Chinese Embassy in the United States United States, Xu Xueyuan, filed a complaint with the State Department and the White House National Security Council for the “forceful attack against a Chinese unmanned civil aircraft.”
The diplomat noted that “the unintentional entry of the aircraft is a completely unexpected isolated incident caused by force majeure”, according to a statement from the Embassy, indicating that the authorities of the Asian giant contacted the US side “clearly requesting” a “I drive with calm, professionalism and moderation”.
< /p>Remains of the Chinese spy balloon. (EFE)
“The Chinese side expresses firm opposition and strong protest against the US side's use of force to attack it. We urge the US side not to take any action that could escalate and complicate the situation. The Chinese side reserves the right to provide further responses if necessary,” the letter continues.
During his State of the Union address delivered on Tuesday Before the US Congress, Joe Biden, warned that if China threatens the sovereignty of his country, it will act as it has already done, in a clear allusion to the shooting down of the Chinese spy balloon that flew over US territory .UU last week.
“I am committed to working with China on what can advance American interests and benefit the world. But make no mistake: as we made clear last week, if China threatens our sovereignty, we will act to protect our country. And we did,” Biden threatened.
The US president also assured that in his meeting with Xi Jinping, held in Bali last November in parallel to the G20 summit, he told him what they should look for among themselves it is “competition, not conflict”.
< /p>Joe Biden warned that if China threatens the sovereignty of his country, it will act as it has already done, in a clear allusion to the shooting down of the Chinese spy balloon that flew over US territory last week. (REUTERS)
He indicated that he does not plan to apologize for betting on that competition and “investing to make America strong” and betting on innovation, on industries that will define the future and that China tries to dominate.
He also defended continuing to invest, together with his allies, to protect advanced technologies and prevent them from being used against the US, and modernize the armed forces to safeguard the stability and avoid aggression.
Biden considered that the United States currently has “the strongest position in decades to compete with China or with any other in the world”. And although he reiterated his willingness to work with China, he insisted that he will not allow it to violate US sovereignty.
(With information from Europa Press and EFE)< /i>