The Government of China has confirmed this Monday that the balloon detected in Latin America, similar to the device shot down on Saturday by the United States forces over the Atlantic Ocean, is also its, although it has once again insisted that it has only “civil purposes”. .
This second balloon would have entered “by mistake” into the airspace of several countries, including Colombia, pushed by the weather conditions, explained the spokeswoman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Mao Ning, in statements to the media.
China, she has insisted, respects International Law and “does not represent any threat to any country.” Mao, however, has avoided answering specific questions about the exact reasons for the loss of control of the balloons in such a short period of time: “I am not an expert.”
What the spokesperson has insisted on is classifying as “unacceptable and irresponsible” the decision adopted by the US authorities in the face of what Beijing considers an “isolated incident”, according to statements collected by the Bloomberg agency.
The Chinese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Xie Feng, has conveyed the government’s discontent to the US Embassy in China. China is “firmly and forcefully” opposed to the demolition and “reserves the right to take new measures in response”, still to be clarified, reports the official CGTN network.
The United States Department of Defense reported this Friday night the presence of a second Chinese balloon over Latin America and the Colombian Air Force confirmed the sighting over the weekend. The Venezuelan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the other hand, joined China’s thesis and condemned the demolition of the first device.