China threatened to retaliate for US sanctions after downing of spy balloon

The Chinese spy balloon drifts into the ocean after being shot down off the coast of Surfside Beach, South Carolina, United States February 4, 2023. REUTERS/Randall Hill (RANDALL HILL/)

He beijing regime promised today “countermeasures” against US companies in response to the sanctions Washington imposed on Chinese institutions for being allegedly related to the “spy” balloon that flew over the US on the 4th.

“The Chinese civil aircraft that entered US airspace did so by mistake, but Washington overreacted, using this matter as an excuse to illegally sanction Chinese companies and institutions. China is firmly opposed and will retaliate against those US entities that harm our sovereignty and security,” the Foreign Affairs spokesman said at a press conference today. Wang Wenbin.

The official was referring to the sanctions announced on Friday by the US Department of Commerce against six Chinese aerospace companies for his alleged support for an alleged reconnaissance balloon program of the Chinese army.

“We have also said that since May last year, at least ten American balloons have flown over Chinese airspace, and this includes the regions of xinjiangof the Tibet and other places. China has explained that their civilian aircraft entered their airspace by mistake, but they have not explained why their balloons entered ours without approval,” he argued. Wang.

According to the spokesman, “the US is spreading false information” about this episode: “China has dealt with this matter responsibly and calmly, but the United States still has to explain itself.”

“They have to reflect a little, stop attacking China and stop misleading the Americans and the international community,” he said.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin.  REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins (CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS/)

However, Wang did not specify which companies would be sanctioned or what the retaliation would consist of.

The United States shot down on February 4 a Chinese “spy” balloon off the coast of South Carolinaand in the last three days it has shot down three other flying objects in its territory and Canadawhose origin has not yet been confirmed.

The US government has accused China of developing a military spy program through balloons sent to 40 countries on five continents, so the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinkencanceled a planned trip to Beijing.

For its part, the Chinese regime assured that the first object shot down was a weather balloon that deviated from its trajectory and has denounced that at least ten US balloons have flown over China in the last year, something the US denies.

(With information from EFE)

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