High-altitude balloons from the U.S. have overflown China’s airspace “more than 10 times” in the past year, a Chinese official said on Monday.
Wang Wenbin, a spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, said the U.S. balloons “illegally overflew Chinese airspace” without the approval of relevant government departments, without elaborating. U.S. dirigibles operating in the airspace of other nations was a “common occurrence,” he said.
Wang’s comments came nine days after the U.S. military shot down what it determined to be a Chinese surveillance balloon that had flown over parts of Alaska and Canada before traversing the U.S. mainland.
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