China to ‘safeguard’ its ‘rights’ over downed balloon [Video]
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- China called the U.S. military’s downing of the suspected spy balloon an “overreaction.”
- Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning insisted that the “unmanned airship” accidentally veered off into U.S. airspace.
- She said that China will “resolutely safeguard its legitimate rights and interests” over the balloon, since it “does not belong to the U.S.”
The downing of a suspected Chinese spy balloon has negatively affected Chinese-U.S. relations, with China stating on Tuesday that it will “resolutely safeguard its legitimate rights and interests.”
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken also canceled a visit to Beijing previously scheduled this week.
China insisted that it was a civilian balloon conducting meteorological research but refused to say which company or government department it belonged to.
On Tuesday, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning repeated that the “unmanned airship” accidentally veered into U.S. airspace and posed no threat. She argued that the U.S. should have adopted a “calm, professional” response instead of “overreacting” and shooting it down.
Without answering whether China wanted to have the debris returned, Mao asserted that the balloon “belongs to China.”
“The balloon does not belong to the U.S.,” Mao stated. “The Chinese government will continue to resolutely safeguard its legitimate rights and interests.”
China’s latest statements were firmer than their initial response on Friday, when they expressed “regret” for the balloon’s “accidental” entry into the U.S.
China added that it has filed a formal complaint with the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, over accusations that the U.S. “obviously overreacted and seriously violated the spirit of international law and international practice.”
Tensions between the U.S. and China have increased during the past year, especially since China has largely sided with Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.
Other balloons confirmed or suspected to be Chinese have been spotted over other countries such as Japan and Costa Rica.
Taiwan also reported sightings of mysterious white balloons at least three times in the past two years. China has claimed Taiwan as its own territory and has threatened to bring it under control by force if necessary.
The Chinese balloon spotted over the U.S. has drawn intense speculation over its purposes. Due to its size and attached equipment, most officials and security experts dismissed China’s claims that it was a weather balloon. The balloon was 200 feet (60 meters) tall and had a payload of over a couple thousand pounds.
February 8, 2023 at 3:52 pm
F JB F CCP
February 9, 2023 at 7:41 am
China can have its rights IN CHINA. It has NO RIGHTS in the USA and needs to stay out of here. Biden needs to stop considering Xi his good buddy and looking up to him as a MENTOR with their two hour phone calls and turning a blind eye to all their actions and stances.
We need to IMMEDIATELY END the insane BIRTHER BABY program, where a foreign citizen can come here, give birth and the baby is given immediate US CITIZENSHIP! WHY DOES this need to be? IT DOESN’T, and it’s bad for our country. CHINA is the largest user of this, to the point of buying hotels here, bringing third trimester pregnant Chinese women here who are known to be “good” Chinese citizens. The women stay in the hotels, have the baby, grab the citizenship papers and fly home. An elaborate setup to have loyal Chinese have dual citizenship and all the rights of American citizenship, including benefits, VOTING, HOLDING OFFICE, etc. They are even qualified to be elected US PRESIDENT after they complete a short time residing on US soil. THEY CAN DETERMIBE HOW OUR COUNTRY IS RUN AND EXISTS. We also need to rescind all birther baby gained dcitizenships. Prevent Chinese ownership of US land and businesses, fossil fuel drilling companies, food procesors and markets. Take back the land and companies they have already purchased.
ETCETERA. Time to take back America.
William Van Raalre
February 9, 2023 at 8:49 am
Amen Vic, I agree 100%. I would also ad, If I was an American pilot and a Chinese jet fighter buzzed my aircraft
at a distance of 20 feet, in international waters, I’d shoot the s.o.b. down.
February 9, 2023 at 9:14 am
We either have the dumbist administration and military high command or they all are working for China. First, they let it come across Alaska and Canada where there is little or no human population. then across the states that have highly sensitive military instillations and shoot it down with a heat seeking missile they knew would destroy the instruments on board. WHO are they working for???
February 9, 2023 at 9:45 pm
Both above,AMERICAS,bidens government is corrupt,they do hate AMERICA.