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China is warning America and the weak Biden administration that its illegal spy aircraft must be returned.
“The airship does not belong to the U.S.,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said. “It belongs to China.”
Even worse, China has publicly insulted many Americans who have been rightfully concerned about its high-altitude spy balloon illegally hovering in U.S. airspace for multiple days.
The same Government that says it doesn’t want to poke a hole in the Experimental Chinese Spy Balloon because it might injure people,
Is the same Government that had no problems poking holes in people’s arm with an experimental gene therapy for a Chinese Virus. pic.twitter.com/gGkjuixtZL
— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) February 4, 2023
Chinese officials released a statement that accuses Americans of “hyping up” the balloon inaccurately in order to “smear China.”
In response, the Pentagon has confirmed that China is repeatedly lying about its surveillance aircraft. China has claimed the balloon is merely “a civilian weather device” being “used for research” and “mainly meteorological, purposes.”
So the Chinese Spy Balloon 🎈is now near Charlotte, NC, which means it’s less than 200 miles from the Atlantic Ocean. Is this incompetent Biden Administration seriously going to allow the #ChineseSpyBallon to leave American airspace without capturing the electronics? pic.twitter.com/009qfZxW6U
— David Burke 🇺🇸 (@ConservativeTht) February 4, 2023
This is patently false. “The Pentagon does not believe that this was a weather balloon that flew off course,” Fox News confirmed. It was launched from mainland China.
China also claimed weather conditions forced the balloon off-course. Again, this has been proven false, the Pentagon said. The balloon secretly entered through Alaska and made its way through Canada and into the U.S. It hovered over a nuke site at a U.S. military base and caused planes to be grounded at a Montana airport.
A Foreign Ministry spokesperson said, “This is entirely an unexpected situation caused by force majeure and the facts are very clear. Some politicians and media in the US have hyped it up to attack and smear China,” the spokesperson said. “The Chinese side is firmly opposed to that.”
The Pentagon has contradicted these statements from China. There is no “force majeure” that caused the balloon to enter U.S. airspace.
“Regarding the unintended entry of a Chinese unmanned airship into US airspace due to force majeure, the Chinese side has verified it and communicated it to the US side,” the spokesperson continued.
“It is a civilian airship used for research, mainly meteorological, purposes. Affected by the Westerlies and with limited self-steering capability, the airship deviated far from its planned course.”
A senior U.S. defense official has directly contradicted Chinese officials by explaining, “This was intentional.”
The Pentagon said it “acted immediately to protect against the collection of sensitive information” from the spy platform.
Geopolitical experts said the balloon almost certainly transferred surveillance data over to China as it flew over several military bases.