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    Chinese Spy Balloon Stokes Concern in Congress as Lawmakers Focus on Threats from Beijing

    Chinese Spy Balloon Stokes Concern in Congress as Lawmakers Focus on Threats from Beijing

    An alleged Chinese spy balloon that has been flying over the United States is raising alarm among lawmakers, who say the episode demonstrates the growing threat poses to the United States.

    Much of the congressional reaction is coming from Republicans who are using the incident to argue the Biden administration is not aggressive enough toward , including some prominent lawmakers agitating for the U.S. to shoot the dirigible down — despite the Pentagon saying doing so risks debris hurting civilians on the ground.

    But there's also bipartisan concern that the event signals China is growing increasingly bold and dangerous.

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    “This provocation is completely unacceptable, and I am in close contact with Department of Defense and Intelligence officials,” said Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., over whose state the Pentagon said the balloon flew earlier this week. “We are still waiting for real answers on how this happened and what steps the administration took to protect our country, and I will hold everyone accountable until I get them. I will always defend Montana and our national security from hostile adversaries like China.”

    This congressional session was already expected to be marked by an increased focus on China, which the Pentagon has labeled the primary national security challenge facing the United…

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