(GoRealNewsNow.com) – The Chinese Defense Ministry expressed strong objections to the US shooting down a Chinese espionage balloon over the waters just off the coast of South Carolina.
The Ministry described the action as an “obvious overreaction” and suggested it could take reciprocal action against American civilian aircraft. However, it did not elaborate on what that action would be.
The Chinese government initially denied any knowledge of the balloon. Still, it later confirmed that it was a Chinese-origin balloon and claimed it had entered US airspace due to unforeseeable circumstances.
The Pentagon was aware of the balloon’s existence as early as January 28 but chose not to comment publicly until social media images of the balloon and public concern prompted a public explanation.
The Chinese government claimed that the balloon was a meteorological research vessel for civilian purposes that had accidentally left Chinese airspace.
The Pentagon initially chose not to shoot it down, but widespread public outrage in the US prompted the Department of Defense to confirm that it had used fighter aircraft to shoot it down. The balloon had crossed into the Atlantic Ocean by the time it was shot down.