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A Chinese official repeated government claims Tuesday that the spy balloons shot down in U.S. airspace are privately owned but would not offer further information.
Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Mao Ning addressed the balloon issue during a press conference in Beijing. Mao was asked by foreign press for comment on U.S. reports that the balloons were gathering intelligence during their flight.
Mao responded, “We have made it clear time and again that the unmanned Chinese civilian airship drifting over the US was a purely unexpected and isolated event caused by force majeure. China firmly rejects distortion, hyping up and political manipulation of this unexpected and isolated event.”
DEMOCRATIC SENATOR SAYS HE WILL HOLD BIDEN ADMIN ‘ACCOUNTABLE’ FOR CHINA GATHERING INTEL IN SPY BALLOON FLIGHT
The spokeswoman was pushed by the press for a follow-up, asking for information on the ownership …
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