The United States detected a Chinese spy hot air balloon that it is currently flying over its territory at a high altitude and that it “poses no military or physical risk” to anyone on the surface.
Pentagon spokesman Pat Ryder said in a statement that It is not the first time that the activity of balloons of this type has been observed in recent years.
A high-ranking defense official said in a telephone conversation with reporters that They think the device belongs to China. and that the US president, Joe Biden, was informed about it. The announcement comes before US Secretary of State Antony Blinken begins a visit to China this weekend.
Tensions are high between the United States and China. On Thursday, the Pentagon announced that strengthen US military presence near Taiwanwith plans to expand the number of US military personnel in the Philippines.
Announced during US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin’s visit to Manila, the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) designates four more bases where US military personnel now it can be established in strategic areas of the country, in addition to the five already authorized to house US troops.