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.”
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.
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.