The US has allegedly launched balloons into Chinese airspace more than ten times in the last year, according to China’s foreign ministry.
The US fired down a suspected spy balloon over its territory on February 4; China claimed that the balloon was one of its weather balloons that had gone awry.
Since then, the relationship between the two nations has been worse. The US has recently shot down a number of more unidentified flying objects.
Beijing responded that the US had repeatedly violated airspace when questioned on Monday.
In addition, the US frequently violates other nations’ airspace, according to Wang Wenbin, a spokeswoman for the foreign ministry, during a routine press conference.
“More than ten US balloons have unlawfully flown above China in the past year alone without receiving permission from Chinese authorities.”
Instead of smearing and condemning China, the US side should first start again and engage in some self-reflection, he continued.
He claimed that Beijing had handled its response to the invasions “responsibly and professionally.”
“I propose you refer to the US side if you want to know more about US high-altitude balloons illegally violating China’s airspace,” he said.
Over the weekend, state-run media in China said that a mysterious object had been sighted off the east coast of the nation and that the military was prepared to shoot it down.
Beijing claimed that the White House flew balloons over China to conduct surveillance; a spokesman for the National Security Council, Adrienne Watson, called the allegations “wrong” on Twitter.
United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken postponed a trip to Beijing as a result of the initial balloon incident. China’s alleged high-altitude espionage was dubbed “unacceptable and reckless” by the senior diplomat.
The fourth object to be destroyed in eight days was an unmanned “octagonal structure” that the US ordered to be brought down on Sunday in Michigan close to the Canadian border.
On February 10 and 11, fighter pilots downed smaller unidentified objects over Alaska and northern Canada.