Earlier this week, a suspicious balloon flew into the US airspace. Upon further inspection, it was found to have come from Beijing, leaving many wondering whether it was part of a spy operation conducted by China.
However, the Chinese Communist Party did everything in its power to shield itself from criticism. While they did confirm the balloon originated in Beijing, they denied any possibility of it being a spy balloon.
How can we ever trust China?
Rather, they claimed it to be a civilian balloon that flew off course and somehow found its way halfway across the globe into the US.
CHINESE SPY BALOON PROVOCATION: THEY KNOW THE BALOON WOULD BE VISIBLE AND TRACKED BY RADAR, JUST TO SEE WHAT THE USA WOULD DO. THE PENTAGON BLINKED! "JUST LET THE CHINESE SPY AWAY". 🕵️♂️ IF IT WAS AN AMERICAN SPY BALOON OVER CHINA, IT WOULD BE SHOT DOWN AS SOON AS IT WAS DETECTED!! pic.twitter.com/9lAmVLOqX0
— DCZNMT74 (@2024SWEEP) February 3, 2023
The Pentagon responded to the situation immediately, but “confirmed” the balloon is, indeed, not a threat to national security.
While this is great news, it’s hard to imagine China isn’t plotting something, especially seeing as they’ve already bought thousands of plots of land in the US and even have their own policing stations in our country.
For now, the balloon has remained above the height at which commercial air traffic moves. Further inspection found it not to be a military or physical threat to anyone on the ground; although its flight path will remain under surveillance.
One senior defense official came forth with some additional info on the developments regarding the balloon, stating that Washington will stay in contact with Beijing through several secure channels to track the balloon’s path and inform them of any changes.
Ha.ha..throw shade on another issue rather than address the issue of why our POTUS is further embarrassing us by letting China punk him..typically liberal response..I would expect nothing less from you..Chinese spy baloon..Ah..Ah..Ah.."Well What About Stormy Daniel's"..Ha.ha.. pic.twitter.com/iTT3YZyAAG
— Georgie Massachusetts🇺🇸🇦🇫💚❤ (@gmugg68) February 4, 2023
China lags behind on surveillance tech
On Friday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s spokesman tried to assure that the balloon was a civilian aircraft and that it likely drifted away while being used for meteorological research.
He continued, claiming China is working overtime to try and fix the issue and they’ll continue their communication with the US in order to properly handle this displaced balloon.
However, this isn’t the first time we’re dealing with an incident like this. Several other balloons have drifted into the US airspace in the past; albeit the response was much more fitting, seeing as they could’ve easily been an attempt to collect sensitive information.
If we had placed a baloon over china, even accidentally, we would all be dead by now or sitting in a bomb shelter, or both.
and joe does nothing.
— John (@GodFamily_USA) February 4, 2023
The senior defense official mentioned the possibility of shooting the balloon down, but due to it flying over populated areas in Montana, they just couldn’t justify the risk it may have.
Despite all the information that’s been revealed to us, the craft’s payload has remained a secret, with the only info we have is that it’s nothing “revolutionary,” at least according to the aforementioned official.
As it stands, even if the balloon’s purpose was not surveillance, there are several other countries that may have beaten China to acquire the technology. Both the United States and France have been working on developing higher airspace monitoring tech.