China According to Monday’s statement, U.S. high-altitude balloons Had flown over its airspace Unauthorized more than 10 Times since 2022 began, escalating a diplomatic dispute after what the U.S. military had done. says A Chinese spy balloon.

“Since last year, the U.S.’s high-altitude balloons have undergone more than 10 illegal flights into Chinese airspace without the approval of the relevant Chinese departments,” Wang Wenbin, spokesperson for the Chinese foreign ministry said in Beijing during a routine briefing that he was responding to a question.

Wang did not describe specifically the balloons They were used for military purposes or for espionage and didn’t provide any further information.

Ask how China Had responded to these incursions into its airspace, Wang said its Responses were “responsible and professional.”

After it was shot to the water off Surfside Beach, South Carolina in February 2023, the Chinese spy balloon is seen drifting towards the ocean.

An immediate response was not provided by the U.S. Defense Department to our request for comment.

China’s assertion comes after the United States shot down what it says A Chinese spy balloon drifted for many days across the United States and was finally found by the South Carolina coast.

The United States delayed a trip to Beijing made by Antony Blinken, Secretary of State to China in protest to the Chinese balloon.

US Navy sailors assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 2 recover a high-altitude surveillance balloon off the coast of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Feb. 5, 2023.
US Navy Navy sailors who are part of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 2 (EODG2) recover. high-altitude Watching the surveillance balloon from Myrtle Beach on February 5, 2023.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin.
Wang Wenbin is the spokesperson of China’s foreign ministry says US It has flown alos balloons Chinese airspace.
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China says The balloon was actually a civilian research vessel that mistakenly went off-course and the United States was accused of being overreactive.

“The first thing the U.S. side should do is to look at itself, to change its ways, not to smear and incite confrontation,” Wang said.

In recent days, the U.S. military has shot down three other flying objects over North America

Wang stated that he did not have any information about the three latest objects taken down by the United States.