US shoots down suspected Chinese spy balloon over Atlantic Ocean

US warplanes have shot down a Chinese high-altitude balloon over the Atlantic Ocean after it had crossed the entire US and caused a diplomatic rift between the two countries. The balloon, which China said is for meteorological purposes but the US insists has been spying, could be seen on television collapsing and falling from the sky. Earlier, Joe Biden told reporters that “we’re going to take care of it,” and the president was reported to have given the order for it to be shot down over the ocean, after several…

U.S. Shoots Down Chinese Spy Balloon Off the Coast of the Carolinas

u s shoots down chinese spy balloon off the coast of the carolinas

WASHINGTON — The United States shot down a Chinese spy balloon on Saturday that had spent the last week traversing the country, American officials said, an explosive end to a drama that put a diplomatic crisis between the world’s two great powers onto television screens in real time. The balloon, which spent five days traveling in a diagonal southeast route from Idaho to the Carolinas, had moved off the coast by midday Saturday and was over the Atlantic Ocean. The Federal Aviation Administration had paused departures and arrivals at airports…

US may shoot down suspected Chinese spy balloon, officials say

The Biden administration was on Saturday considering a plan to shoot down a large Chinese balloon suspected of conducting surveillance on the American military, according to four US officials. The aim would be to bring it down once it is above the Atlantic Ocean, where the remnants could be recovered. The officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said it was unclear if a final decision had yet been made by President Joe Biden. In a brief remark on Saturday in response to a reporter’s question about the balloon,…

Hong Kong 47: trial of dozens in pro-democracy movement set to begin under national security laws

One of the most significant national security trials in the Chinese government’s crackdown on Hong Kong will begin on Monday, two years after many of the city’s most prominent government critics were first brought into custody. The case concerns the Hong Kong 47 – a group of pro-democracy legislators, politicians, activists and community workers who have been charged with conspiracy to subvert state power under the national security law. They are accused of holding unofficial pre-election primaries – a move that the authorities say constitutes subversion. The primaries – which…

Look! Up in the Sky! It’s a … Chinese Spy Balloon?

look up in the sky its a chinese spy balloon

The Biden White House took a more cautious approach. Karine Jean-Pierre, the White House press secretary, said the balloon did not present a military threat but called its presence a “violation of our sovereignty.” As more Americans logged on to stare at the balloon on Friday, a spokesman for the Pentagon said the U.S. military was not going to be providing regular updates on its whereabouts. On Friday, the balloon remained in the sky, above the “center of the continental United States,” Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder, the Pentagon press secretary,…

China says it has ‘no intention’ of violating US airspace amid spy balloon row – video

China has called for calm amid a growing diplomatic row with the US over suspected spy balloons, adding that Beijing was ‘verifying’ the reports. It comes after the US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, indefinitely postponed a planned visit to Beijing after a large balloon was spotted in US airspace. ‘China is a responsible country that has always strictly abided by international laws, and it has no intention of violating the territory and airspace of any sovereign country,’ the foreign ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said. The Guardian

China calls for calm amid growing row with US over suspected spy balloons

China has called for calm amid a growing diplomatic row with the US over suspected spy balloons. It comes after the US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, indefinitely postponed a planned visit to Beijing after a huge balloon was spotted in US airspace. On Friday, a day after the first high-altitude balloon was identified over Montana, the Pentagon reported a second suspected spy balloon flying over Latin America. Amid growing tensions between the two countries – and Republican party claims that the Biden administration is not doing enough to deter…

Before Balloon Sighting, Classified Report Highlighted Foreign Surveillance Tech

before balloon sighting classified report highlighted foreign surveillance tech

WASHINGTON — The Chinese spy balloon floating over the continental United States generated deep concern on Capitol Hill in part because it came on the heels of a classified report to Congress that outlined incidents of American adversaries potentially using advanced technology to spy on the country. The classified report to Congress last month discussed at least two incidents of a rival power conducting aerial surveillance with what appeared to be unknown cutting-edge technology, according to U.S. officials. While the report did not attribute the incidents to any country, two…

Scientist who edited babies’ genes says he acted ‘too quickly’

The scientist at the heart of the scandal involving the world’s first gene-edited babies has said he moved “too quickly” by pressing ahead with the procedure. He Jiankui sent shock waves across the world of science when he announced in 2018 that he had edited the genes of twin girls, Lulu and Nana, before birth. He was subsequently sacked by his university in Shenzhen, received a three-year prison sentence, and was broadly condemned for having gone ahead with the risky, ethically contentious and medically unjustified procedure with inadequate consent from…

Balloon Incident Highlights Fragile State of U.S.-China Relationship

balloon incident highlights fragile state of u s china relationship

After years of deepening mistrust and simmering tensions, ties between the United States and China appeared poised for a modest rebound following the meeting of the two nations’ leaders at a summit last November and recent efforts by Beijing to stabilize its relations with the world. A visit by Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken to Beijing this weekend was expected to build on that progress. All it took was a balloon to upend everything. The discovery of what American military officials called a “high-altitude surveillance balloon” over Montana this…