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China Warns Of "Necessary Response" After US Destroys "Spy" Balloon

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The Chinese government has condemned the downing of its balloon by the United States, a week after it entered US airspace.

The United States suspected the balloon has been spying on key military sites across the country.

However, China insisted that the “unmanned civilian airship” was a weather research balloon that had strayed into US airspace “completely accidentally”.

On Saturday, US fighter aircraft – an F-22 fighter jet from Langley Air Force Base in Virginia – shot down the balloon using a single AIM-9X supersonic, heat-seeking, air-to-air missile.

China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement on Sunday responding to the destruction of the balloon by the US. Reads the statement:

China strongly disapproves of and protests against the US attack on a civilian unmanned airship by force.

The Chinese side has, after verification, repeatedly informed the US side of the civilian nature of the airship and conveyed that its entry into the US due to force majeure was totally unexpected.

The Chinese side has clearly asked the US side to properly handle the matter in a calm, professional and restrained manner.

The spokesperson of the US Department of Defense also noted that the balloon does not present a military or physical threat to people on the ground.

Under such circumstances, the US use of force is a clear overreaction and a serious violation of international practice.

China will resolutely safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of the company concerned and reserves the right to make further responses if necessary.

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