The US accused China of lying about the spy balloon: “It is part of a fleet developed for surveillance operations”

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According to Beijing, the object that was shot down this Saturday was a civilian airship used for research purposes, mainly meteorological

The US accused China of lying about the spy balloon: “It is part of a fleet developed for surveillance operations”

The US accused China of lying about the spy balloon flying over the country: “It is part of a fleet developed to carry out surveillance operations” (REUTERS)

United States targeted China this Saturday and accused it of having lied about the spy balloon that flew over the country for days. The object, which was labeled an “intolerable violation” of US sovereignty, was finally shot down today over the Atlantic Ocean.

“The balloon never sent military or physical threats to the American people, but its intrusion into our airspace for several days was an unacceptable violation of our sovereignty,” the Department of Defense said.

< p class="paragraph">After last Thursday the Pentagon announced the presence of this spy balloon over the state of Montana -in the northeast of the country- where one of the three fields of nuclear missile silos< /b> from the United States and commenting that it would closely follow his journey, the administration of President Joe Biden contacted Beijing to demand an explanation.

After days of flying over the country, the United States shot down the device

However, the Xi Jinping regime explained to Defense Department officials that, although it was indeed an object of his property, it was not intended for espionage. On the contrary, they tried to play it down by saying that it was “a civil airship used for research purposes, mainly meteorological”.

The United States rejected this version. “We spoke directly with Chinese officials through multiple channels, but instead of addressing their intrusion into our airspace, the People's Republic of China gave an explanation that lacked credibility”, the Defense Ministry said. .

In turn, he confidently added that the globe “seeked to monitor sensitive military sites”. “Its route over the United States, near many potentially sensitive sites, contradicts the explanation of the government of the People's Republic of China,” he continued.

After days of flying over the country, the United States shot down the device

Hours before the balloon was removed, another episode further raised the tension between Washington and Beijing, and exposed the regime's lie. The Pentagon confirmed the presence of a second aircraft flying over Latin America, so the downed one “was not the only PRC surveillance balloon operating in the Western Hemisphere”. Although they were unable to determine its exact location, the Costa Rican newspaper La Nación had recently published an article about a flying object with the same characteristics -white, similar to a hot air balloon- that flew over its space.

All of them “are part of a fleet of PRC balloons, developed to conduct surveillance operations, which have also violated the sovereignty of other countries” as part of an activity carried out “under the leadership of the People's Liberation Army”, the official elaborated.

US accused China He refused to lie about the spy balloon: “It is part of a fleet developed for surveillance operations”

The US pointed out that there are more Chinese spy balloons flying over the American continent (AP)

For his part, the secretary of the US Department of Defense, Lloyd J. Austin, confirmed that after shot down the spy balloon this Saturday under orders from President Joe Biden contacted the Xi Jinping regime.

“We have notified the People's Republic of China about our action and we are informing allies and partners”, he mentioned while assuring that the remains and the devices he was carrying are being collected from the South Carolina coast to be studied.

In this sense, he pointed out that the President's instructions to wait for it to be over the water to eliminate it not only “was beneficial” to protect the population of the area and avoid any unfortunate outcome, but also will allow learn more about the device and its objectives.

(With information from EFE)

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