The president of the United States House of RepresentativesKevin McCarthy, called “blatant disregard for sovereignty” the spy balloon that the Chinese regime sent over US territory and called for a emergency meeting to the group of parliamentarians in charge of dealing with intelligence information in the country.
“China’s blatant disregard of US sovereignty is a destabilizing action that must be addressed and President Biden cannot remain silent. I’m going to ask for a meeting band eight”, he indicated in his account on the social network Twitter, referring to the aforementioned group of parliamentarians in charge of intelligence affairs.
Hours earlier, Republican congressmen criticized the response of the Biden Administration and they claimed the spy balloon shoot down and the cancellation of the imminent trip to China by the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
Pentagon spokesman Patrick Ryderexplained that the US Army has been tracking in recent days a Chinese spy balloon that flies over the continental United States airspace. He indicated that “does not pose a military or physical threat to people on the ground” while ensuring that “it is currently traveling at an altitude well above commercial air traffic.”
For their part, the Canadian Armed Forces stated in a statement that “a high-altitude surveillance balloon has been detected” and that “their movements are being actively followed by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)”, a joint organization of Washington Y Ottawa for defense and air control of North America.
“Canadians are safe and Canada is taking measures to ensure the safety of its airspace, including monitoring a potential second incident,” he said, without giving further details, before stressing that there is “close coordination” with the US authorities. to “analyze the situation”.
The chinese regime He asked this Friday not to “speculate” after the Pentagon’s accusation that a Chinese spy balloon flew over the United States at high altitude.
“Until the facts are clarified, speculation and commotion will not help to properly settle this matter.”, said this Friday the spokeswoman for Foreign Affairs mao ning at a press conference.
According to Mao, “Beijing is verifying reports that a spy balloon has been flying over the United States”, and emphasized that “China has no intention to violate the territory or airspace of any sovereign state”.
“China hopes to deal with the US in a calm and prudent manner on this matter.”, he added.
Pentagon spokesman Pat Ryder, He asserted in a statement that the US follows “closely” the movements of the globe.
The announcement comes before the US Secretary of State Antony Blinkenbegins a two-day visit to China this Sunday, the first trip by a US foreign minister to the Asian country since 2018.
A Pentagon source said that after the detection of the balloon they have been in contact with Asian officials through various channels, such as the respective Chinese and US embassies in Washington and Beijing.
(With information from Europa Press and EFE)
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