The United States reiterated its willingness to promote bilateral cooperation with China despite the incident with the spy balloon

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Washington said it is keeping the lines of communication open with Beijing and that it is up to the Xi Jinping regime to show that it means business with its words about being a country responsible

The United States reiterated its willingness to foster bilateral cooperation with China despite the spy balloon incident

The United States reiterated its willingness to foster bilateral cooperation with China despite the spy balloon incident. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

The United States reiterated its willingness to foster bilateral cooperation with China as both countries agreed to do last month November on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Bali (Indonesia), despite rising tensions over the episode of the alleged Chinese spy balloon over US airspace.

Washington reported that it continues its dialogues with Beijing despite the fact that the Chinese balloon incident has not helped to improve relations between the two countries, according to the White House spokeswoman, Karine Jean-Pierre, during a press conference.

“Our approach with China has been quite clear (…) and will continue to be calm, determined and practical. That is not going to change how we are going to move forward in our relationship with China, in our diplomatic talks,” said Jean-Pierre.

As detailed by the Biden Administration, the US government keeps the lines of communication with China open. Thus, he has ensured that after the decision to shoot down the Chinese balloon was made, the US authorities communicated directly with the Chinese.

The United States reiterated its willingness to foster bilateral cooperation with China despite the spy balloon incident

The presidents of China and the US met last November on the margins of the G20 summit in Bali (Indonesia). (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

In this sense, Jean-Pierre stressed that “China's irresponsible actions” –which include the alleged Chinese balloons over US territory and over Latin America– have been seen across the United States and the world.

It is up to China to show that it means what it says about being a responsible country, that it wants to build on the meeting that President Joe Biden and President Xi Jinping had a very short time ago”, stressed the White House spokeswoman.

On the cancellation of Secretary of State Antony Blinken's trip to China – which should have taken place last week – Jean-Pierre assured that it has simply been postponed. According to the White House, the trip of the head of US diplomacy to Chinese territory will take place “when time permits”.

The United States reiterated its willingness to foster bilateral cooperation with China despite the incident with the spy balloon

Secretary of State Antony Blinken has canceled a visit to Beijing intended to ease tensions between the United States and China. (Stefani Reynolds/Photo Shared via AP)

US Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin confirmed over the weekend that the United States, per an order issued by President Joe Biden , “successfully” shot down the Chinese spy balloon that had been flying over the territory for days.

Through a statement, the official specified that the device, “which was being used by the People's Republic of China in an attempt to surveill strategic sites in the continental United States” was shot down with two warplanes. combat over the waters, off the coast of South Carolina.

Minutes later, Biden himself spoke briefly, declaring to the media that accompanied him that the balloon had been shot down “successfully” and that he gave the order himself last Wednesday.

“About the balloon, I ordered the Pentagon to shoot it down on Wednesday as soon as possible. .. they successfully shot it down”, Biden said this Saturday, after the operation was carried out successfully.

“And I want to congratulate our airmen who did it” , added the president to journalists in Maryland.

(With information from Europa Press)

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