A suspected Chinese spy balloon has been spotted again in US airspace – this time over North Carolina.
The US declared the ship a suspected spy balloon and said it had “clearly violated” its sovereignty.
Foreign Minister Antony Blinken’s visit to China, during which he will meet with President Xi Jinping, was postponed after seeing.
China claimed it was used for meteorological and other scientific research, and was blown away.
The conflicting arguments from Beijing and Washington have created a vacuum of uncertainty that is now filled with theories, with some experts questioning why China sent it to spy, given any information. Any intelligence obtained from this ship is likely to be very limited.
Others said it was possibly a deliberate attempt to embarrass or provoke the US, by showing how easily US airspace could be penetrated.
Its latest sighting came after Mr Blinken spoke with the director of China’s Central Committee for Foreign Affairs, Wang Yi, about what happened.
Beijing said it discussed how to deal with random incidents calmly and professionally.
Also on Friday, the US Department of Defense said the balloon “does not pose a physical or military threat” to civilians and does not pose a risk of carrying any nuclear or radioactive material on board. ship.
Military leaders decided not to shoot it from the sky due to the safety risk posed by falling debris.
It is operating at 60,000 feet and is manoeuvrable, the Pentagon said.