Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stated that the balloons are part of the People's Republic of China's fleet and have been spotted in multiple countries across five continents. The White House has been in touch with allies and partners regarding the issue but declined to provide further details or specify which countries have been targeted.
U.S. Shoots Down Chinese Spy Balloon
A U.S. military fighter jet shot down a Chinese spy balloon off the coast of South Carolina on Saturday, a week after it entered U.S. airspace. Reports from overseas news outlets suggest that China has used surveillance balloons in India, Japan, and other countries as part of an extensive program to collect information on military assets.
When asked about the issue, Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stated that she had no information on if President Biden would address the matter with Chinese President Xi Jinping.