The Biden administration said that hot air balloon The above-mentioned works within the framework of a massive military aerial reconnaissance campaign targeting more than 40 countries.
A squadron of hot air balloons operates under the direction of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and is used for espionage, gathering sensitive information from targets around the world, Washington asserts. , according to the news agency AP. Similar balloons have flown to five continents, the Biden administration added.
China denies using hot air balloons for spying purposes, saying such allegations are part of an “information war” waged by Washington. Beijing also stressed that Washington reacted “excessively” and “irresponsibly” when it shot down its hot air balloon.
The Chinese bridge was accused of espionage by the US and shot down on February 4. Photo: AP
For his part, President Biden on February 9 defended America’s tough action. He asserted that the Chinese balloon “violated international law, flying over US airspace. Once it is in US airspace, we can do what we want with it”.
Same day, follow Reutersa senior State Department official said Washington would consider taking action against the aforementioned Chinese military-related entities and the balloon.
Washington firmly believes that the manufacturer of the hot air balloon shot down on February 4 has “direct relationships” with the PLA, he added.
White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre announced a similar stance, saying Washington would consider retaliatory measures. However, the US government has not said what actions it is considering.
Debris from a Chinese hot air balloon is being examined by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Photo: AP