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China says at least 10 U.S. balloons have flown over its airspace since 2022


China’s Foreign Ministry on Monday said the United States has sent at least 10 unsanctioned balloons into Chinese airspace since last year, as the two countries feud over a Chinese airship discovered and shot down by the U.S. military earlier this month.

Hitting back at allegations that Beijing had used the balloon, discovered floating over the central United States, for surveillance, Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said in a press briefing that it was “common” for U.S. high-altitude balloons to fly into other countries’ airspace.

“The United States should first reflect on itself and change course, rather than slander, discredit or incite confrontation,” Wang said.

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The comments come after a U.S. fighter jet shot down another unknown object flying off the coast of Alaska on Friday. U.S. and Canadian officials then said a U.S. fighter jet shot down an unidentified object in Canadian airspace on Saturday. A fourth object was shot down over Lake Huron Sunday afternoon.

Asked if any of the other objects downed by the U.S. military had come from China, Wang declined to answer, noting only that “irresponsible remarks should not be made without clear evidence.”

Beijing has repeatedly said that the balloon discovered over the United States in late January was a civilian Chinese airship for scientific research gone astray. Wang’s remarks on Monday underline Beijing’s hardening tone to an incident that has derailed months of efforts to repair worsening U.S.-China ties.

After the initial discovery of the balloon in late January, Beijing admitted the airship was Chinese and expressed “regret” that it had blown off course. When Washington canceled a visit to Beijing by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in response to the balloon, Beijing restricted blame to “some politicians and media” in the United States for “hyping” the incident.

Another aerial object, this time over Lake Huron, shot down by military

Beijing’s tone has since become even more defensive. After a U.S. F-22 Raptor downed the airship, China claimed it was the United States that had broken with international norms by “using force.” On Monday, Wang accused the United States of being the world’s largest “surveillance empire.”

The Shanghai-based outlet The Paper reported on Sunday that an unidentified object was seen flying over Qingdao and that authorities were preparing to shoot it down.

Pei-Lin Wu contributed to this report.

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