US-China Relations : China violated sovereignty of nations across 5 continents, says Blinken over surveillance balloons

China violated sovereignty of nations across 5 continents: Blinken over surveillance balloons


Washington:  China has “violated the sovereignty” of not just the United States but of countries across five continents, Secretary of State Antony Blinken alleged Wednesday, days after US fighter jets shot down a Chinese surveillance balloon.

Earlier this week, Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman briefed diplomats from about 40 friendly nations, including India, Japan and Australia, over the surveillance balloon.

The balloon was shot down on Saturday off the coast of South Carolina in the Atlantic Ocean. It had hovered over continental America for several days after entering the US airspace on January 30 in Montana.

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