China says US ‘exaggerates’ alleged spy balloon incident, urges ‘caution’

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China said on Saturday that it “has never violated the airspace of any sovereign country” and has again rejected the allegations for the detection of one of his alleged spy balloons in the United Statesaccusing that country’s politicians and media of “exaggerating” what happened “attack and discredit” to the Asian giant.

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“China always acts in strict accordance with international law and respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries. We have no intention of violating and we have never violated the territory or airspace of any sovereign countryThe Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement posted on its website.

“Some American politicians and media they exaggerated it to attack and discredit China“, underlined the text.

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The Pentagon announced Thursday that it was tracking a suspected Chinese spy balloon that has been spotted in US airspace, a finding that comes on a moment of high tension in the relations of both superpowers and which led to the postponement of the visit to Beijing by the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken.

The Asian country reiterated this Saturday that “it is about a civilian aircraft used for research purposes, mainly meteorological“, which deviated from its original course “influenced by winds” and to have “limited self-steering capabilities”.

China has also said that bilateral relations should be “properly managed”, maintaining “coolness and prudence in unexpected situations”.

“Maintaining contact and communication at all levels is an important common understanding reached by the Chinese and US presidents at their meeting in Bali,” Beijing said, recalling the meeting between Xi Jinping and Biden at the G20 summit in Indonesia.

On Friday, confirming the suspension of Blinken’s trip originally scheduled for Sunday and Monday, the US State Department indicated that “the presence of this balloon It’s a clear violation of our sovereignty, as well as international law, and it is unacceptable that this happened”.

According to US media reports, the balloon flew over the Aleutian Islands in the north Pacific Ocean and Canada before entering US airspace several days ago.

Then it passed through the airspace of Montana (northwest of the country), where there are sensitive air bases and strategic nuclear missiles in underground silos, but the Pentagon does not believe this device poses a major threat because it “has limited additive value from an information (data) gathering perspective”.

The US Department of Defense later said it had detected the passage of a second Chinese spy balloon over Latin America, although it did not specify in which area.

These complaints come at a time of great tension in the relations of both superpowers, above all due to the situation in Taiwan, an island that the Asian giant considers part of its territory.

The trade war, the White House’s denunciations of human rights violations in China, Beijing’s support for North Korea and the geopolitical position on the invasion of Ukraine are other thorny knots in relations between the two main economies of the world.

With agency information.


Source: Clarin

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