(Presidentialwire.com)- On Monday, an official in China stated that Americans had violated Chinese airspace over ten times over the last 12 months with their own balloons.
A representative for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Wang Wenbin, said that the American balloons illegally passed through Chinese airspace without first clearing the proper channels in Bejing. He said it was very commonplace for American aircraft to fly through the airspace of other countries.
A State Department spokeswoman said after China tried to turn the tables on the U.S., any assertion that the American government flies surveillance balloons above the PRC is untrue. Beijing’s decision to accuse Washington of the same thing they are guilty of confirms the balloon incident will remain a sticking point in U.S.-China relations in the near future.
Wang’s remarks come nine days after the US air force destroyed a surveillance balloon that is believed to have been flying across Alaska and Canada before entering the mainland USA. The search for the craft’s high-tech cargo hadn’t been abandoned yet; a rescue operation was still underway.
Wang said that the United States shot down a non-threatening airship when it was merely collecting weather data and had gotten off course due to strong winds.
Since the first balloon was shot down on February 4, the U.S. Air Force has shot down three unexplained objects over North America; two in the United States and one in Canada.
However, Wang denied any Chinese involvement in the new flying objects, the last of which was recovered on Sunday over Lake Huron in Michigan.
The Pentagon has yet to label any new aerial objects as balloons, even though its route raised concerns, including that it may threaten civil airspace.
A U.S. fighter jet took it down with a missile, the same weaponry used in the other missions this month.