13 Feb. (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Government of China has for the first time accused the United States authorities of violating Chinese airspace with balloons, specifically more than ten since the beginning of 2022, after a weekend marked in North America by the shooting down of several non-flying objects. identified.
“It is not uncommon for United States balloons to illegally enter the airspace of another country,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said Monday in an appearance before the media collected by the Bloomberg agency.
Wang has urged Washington to “reflect” on its own behavior and change “wrong practices.” Beijing, she has warned, “reserves the right to take the necessary measures to respond to relevant incidents.”
The Joe Biden Administration has accused the Asian giant of flying spy balloons and, although the Chinese side has acknowledged its link to a first downed device, it has limited itself to alleging that it was for scientific purposes. The North American authorities have not identified the origin of three other artifacts shot down this weekend.
In addition, the Government of Taiwan has observed a multitude of Chinese balloons supposedly spies in its airspace in recent years, which increases the fear in Taipei that Beijing may be preparing for an attack against the country, according to sources quoted by the ‘Financial Times’.