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Chinese Spy Balloon in the US: The Details

A Chinese balloon has been detected flying over the US, potentially causing a diplomatic issue. Here's what we know so far:

Chinese Spy Balloon
Chinese Spy Balloon

Detection and Monitoring

The US government detected the balloon and is currently tracking it. According to the Pentagon, the balloon is at a high altitude and doesn't threaten people on the ground.

Şi Cinping, President of China
Şi Cinping, President of China

Chinese Admission and Regret

The Chinese government confirmed that the balloon was from China and used for meteorological research. It also expressed regret over the balloon entering US airspace.

Pentagon's Doubts on Chinese Explanation

The Pentagon doubts the Chinese explanation, with a senior defense official telling Fox News that the balloon was launched from mainland China.

Joe Biden, President of the United States
Joe Biden, President of the United States

No Shoot Down Despite Calls

Despite calls from Republicans to shoot down the balloon, a senior US official warned against it due to the heavy equipment on board and the risk of collateral damage.

Blinken Trip Cancelled

Secretary of State Antony Blinken was scheduled to visit Beijing but canceled the trip due to the presence of the balloon in US airspace. An official stated that the conditions were not right for the visit.