Adrienne Watson, a spokeswoman for the US National Security Council, called false claims by the Chinese authorities that in 2022, American balloons illegally entered China’s airspace more than ten times in 2022.
“Any claim that the US government is using surveillance balloons over the PRC is false. It is China that has a high-altitude surveillance balloon program to collect intelligence information that it has used to violate the sovereignty of the United States and more than 40 countries on five continents,” Ms. Watson wrote on Twitter.
According to her, the announcement of the Chinese authorities about the US balloons is a new attempt to “cope with the damage” from the discovery of the Chinese balloon. She stated that China has never been able to offer any credible explanation for the balloon’s intrusion into US airspace.
Earlier today, February 13, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said that since January 1, 2022, American balloons have illegally entered Chinese airspace more than ten times. On February 12, the Chinese newspaper Global Times reported that the maritime authorities of the Chinese province of Shandong in the east of the country detected an unidentified flying object near the coastal city of Qingdao (Shandong province).
Since the beginning of February, several invading objects have been shot down in the skies over the United States and Canada. The last flying object was shot down on the night of February 13 over Lake Huron in Michigan on the border with Canada. At least one of the downed balls belonged to China. In China, they claimed that it was a weather balloon that had gone astray.
Read more about the intrusion of unidentified flying objects into US airspace in the material “The whole sky was searched.”