Today: Monday, 4 March 2024 year

The Chinese Foreign Ministry announced the illegal overflights of American balloons over China.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry announced the illegal overflights of American balloons over China.

American balloons have illegally flown over ten times in Chinese airspace since the beginning of this year, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said at a briefing.

The diplomat pointed out that the States did not receive permission for these flights from Beijing.

“Illegal entry of US balloons into the airspace of other countries is a common occurrence,” Wang said.


In response to the question of what period he was talking about, he noted that the countdown could be from January 1, 2022.

On February 4, the US military shot down a Chinese balloon over the Atlantic Ocean, which had previously crossed Canada and the US land.

In addition, the military shot down two more “high-rise objects” over the state of Alaska and Canada last week.


US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin suggested that China used the device to monitor strategic targets. Because of this incident, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken postponed a visit to China.


According to the Pentagon, at least three balloons flew into America during the presidency of Donald Trump, who denies this. The Americans claim that the Chinese used high-altitude balloons to collect intelligence information around the world – in more than 40 countries on five continents.


Beijing dismissed unfounded speculation and hype, explaining that the situation was caused by force majeure and the device was a weather balloon that deviated from the route. In addition, China is demanding the return of the wreckage of the device.