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Biden Prefers Abstention Against China Spy Balloon

The White House confirmed it is "keeping all options on the table" regarding the Chinese spy balloon after President Biden followed strong recommendations from defense officials not to shoot down the aircraft due to safety concerns.

Joe Biden
Joe Biden

The decision was based on recommendations from Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley, and the Commander of Northern Command. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre confirmed the balloon "does not present a military or physical threat" to people on the ground.

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White House

Biden Says US Security Is First

White House officials emphasized that President Biden prioritizes the American people's safety and security. He continues to be regularly updated on the situation. The People's Republic of China confirmed that the balloon detected over Montana is Chinese and claimed it was a civilian meteorological research craft that went off course.

Blinken's Trip to Beijing Postponed Indefinitely

Secretary of State Antony Blinken was set to travel to Beijing this week for a meeting with Chinese President Xi, but the trip was postponed indefinitely. The White House official stated that it was not appropriate to travel to China at this time, and the President agreed with the Secretary's decision. The President's national security team has communicated directly with the Chinese government on multiple levels regarding the clear violation of sovereignty and international law.