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China reacts to US downing of ‘civilian airship’ — RT World Information

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Beijing claimed the precise to retaliate after the Pentagon shot down what it known as a “spy balloon”

China has blasted US President Joe Biden’s choice on Saturday to scramble a sophisticated F-22 stealth fighter jet to convey down a Chinese language excessive altitude balloon – after it traversed the whole territory of the US – as an “apparent overreaction” and a “severe violation of worldwide follow.”

Because the US army despatched a salvage vessel to get well the particles that landed in shallow waters about 6 nautical miles off the coast of South Carolina, China’s International Ministry issued a press release on Sunday morning, expressing its “sturdy dissatisfaction and protest towards the US use of drive to assault civilian unmanned airships.”

“China will resolutely uphold the related firm’s respectable rights and pursuits, and on the identical time reserving the precise to take additional actions in response,” the ministry mentioned.

President Biden mentioned he initially needed to shoot the balloon down as early as Wednesday, a day earlier than the Pentagon first publicly acknowledged it had been “monitoring” the suspicious craft. Nevertheless, protection officers allegedly satisfied him to attend till it was “protected” for folks on the bottom, arguing that it posed no menace to nationwide safety, regardless of traversing over a number of “delicate” army places at an altitude of round 18 kilometers (60,000 toes).

US Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin accused China of utilizing the balloon “in an try to surveil strategic websites within the continental United States,” in a assertion after the “profitable” air-to-air missile strike that introduced it down above US territorial waters on Saturday.

China has insisted all alongside it was “a civilian airship used for analysis, primarily meteorological functions,” which allegedly deviated removed from its deliberate course on account of “drive majeure.”

The incident pressured US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to postpone a deliberate journey to Beijing, over what he known as “a transparent violation of US sovereignty.” China countered that no such go to had been agreed on within the first place.

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