China accuses US of breaching its airspace as tensions boil over

China claims at least ten times that US balloons violated its airspace.

The US has allegedly launched balloons into Chinese airspace more than ten times in the last year, according to China’s foreign ministry.

The US shot down a suspected spy balloon over its territory on February 4; China claimed that the balloon was one of its weather balloons that had gone awry.

Since then, the relationship between the two nations has worsened. 

The US has recently shot down a number of more unidentified flying objects.

Beijing responded that the US had repeatedly violated airspace when questioned on Monday.

In addition, the US frequently violates other nations’ airspace, according to Wang Wenbin, a spokeswoman for the foreign ministry, during a routine press conference.

“Since last year alone, US balloons have illegally flown above China more than 10 times without any approval from Chinese authorities.”

“The first thing the US side should do is start with a clean slate, undergo some self-reflection, instead of smearing and accusing China,” he added.

He claimed that Beijing had handled its response to the invasions “responsibly and professionally.”

Over the weekend, state-run media in China said that a mysterious object had been sighted off the east coast of the nation and that the military was prepared to shoot it down.

Beijing claimed that the White House flew balloons over China to conduct surveillance; a spokesman for the National Security Council, Adrienne Watson, called the allegations “wrong” on Twitter.

United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken postponed a trip to Beijing as a result of the initial balloon incident.

China’s alleged high-altitude espionage was dubbed “unacceptable and reckless” by the senior diplomat.

The United States ordered the downing of an unmanned “octagonal structure” on Sunday in Michigan, close to the Canadian border. 

This was the fourth such object to be taken out in eight days. 

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