The Chinese spy balloon off the coast of South Carolina on Saturday was the product of a factory based out of a naval base on a remote island in the Communist nation, it has been revealed.
A new report from details that the airship, which triggered a dramatic, and public, spying saga that worsened Chinese-U.S.relations, has been a key part of Beijing’s intelligence operations for years.
The report says that the Chinese military has into the airspace of geopolitical rivals such as Japan, India and the Philippines.
that at least four other balloons were previously detected over US airspace, in Hawaii, Florida, Texas and Guam, three of those were
Last Friday, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken hours before he was due to leave because of the balloon. While on Tuesday, China’s defense minster rejected an overture from US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to discuss the events of the last week.
Yulin Naval Base on Hainan Island, where the country’s balloon program is based out of
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin pictured with Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe in November 2022.On Tuesday, Fenghe rejected a call from Austin over the balloon
The Pentagon said in a statement: ‘Lines between our militaries are particularly important in moments like this. If you cherished this post and you would like to receive a lot more details pertaining to
‘We want to make sure that we are sharing as much as we can with countries around the world who may also be susceptible to these types of operations,’ the senior administration official said.
China has said it was a weather balloon that had blown off course into U.S. airspace and was an ‘unexpected, evden Eve NAKliyAT isolated incident.’ It condemned the shoot-down and accused the United States of overreacting.
Officials said the first spy balloon that traveled across the US fell six miles off the coast of South Carolina in waters about 47 feet deep. They noted that a proper salvage vessel won’t be on the scene for days as the race is on to secure the wreckage