As a result of the Chinese spy balloon incident, the United States has canceled Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s trip to Beijing.
According to the Pentagon, the Chinese balloon, which is the size of three buses, will probably be over the U.S. for a few days.
As a result, the United States cancelled Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s trip to Beijing, which was scheduled for Friday night. A top American diplomat wouldn’t have been in China for a while.
In response to China violating US airspace, President Joe Biden is closely monitoring the situation, the White House said. As of now, they haven’t decided to destroy it for public safety. But all options are on the table.
Our assessment is that it’ll probably be over the United States for a few days, but we’ll review our options and keep you updated,” Pentagon Press Secretary Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder told reporters.
“There’s a lot of payload under the surveillance component, underneath the actual balloon piece,” Ryder said, adding that the surveillance balloon is maneuverable. It’s currently moving eastward across the United States, currently over the central part.
According to White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, the US has noted the Chinese apology. It’s unacceptable that this balloon was in our airspace. It’s a clear violation of our sovereignty and international law.
Pentagon and White House say it doesn’t pose a military or physical threat. A briefing was given to President Biden. He’s asked the military to come up with options. It was strongly recommended by (Defence) Secretary (Lloyd) Austin, Chairman Milley, the commander of Northern Command that we don’t take kinetic action because it’s dangerous for people on the ground,” Jean-Pierre said.
The balloon is a surveillance balloon, we know that. As for the size, I can’t tell you much other than that, again, when we review our approach, we do acknowledge that any debris field would be big enough to cause civilian injuries or deaths or significant property damage,” Ryder said.
“This is part of our overall assessment, but we’ll keep monitoring it. We’ll keep reviewing our options and keep you updated.” he said.
In a phone conversation earlier today, Blinken told Wang Yi, Director of the CCP Central Foreign Affairs Office, that he wouldn’t be going to the People’s Republic of China at this time because a high-altitude PRC surveillance balloon was in the air.
Blinken said he was going to Beijing to follow up on what President Biden and President Xi agreed to in Bali. State Department Spokesperson said the PRC apologized, but he said this was irresponsible and a violation of US sovereignty and international law that undermined the purpose of the trip.
“The Secretary explained that in light of this ongoing issue, it would not be appropriate to visit Beijing at this time. He underscored that the United States is committed to diplomatic engagement and maintaining open lines of communication, and that he would be prepared to visit Beijing as soon as conditions allow,” Price said.
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