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    China Balloon: Many Questions About Suspected Spy in the Sky

    China Balloon: Many Questions About Suspected Spy in the Sky

    (AP) — What in the world was that thing?

    The massive white orb that drifted across U.S. airspace this week and was shot down by the Air Force over the Atlantic on television Saturday triggered a diplomatic maelstrom and blew up on social media.

    insists the balloon was just an errant civilian airship used mainly for meteorological research that went off course due to winds and had only limited “self-steering” capabilities. It also issued a threat of “further actions.”

    In a statement after the craft was shot down, China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the use of force by the U.S. was “an obvious overreaction and a serious violation of international practice. It added: ”China will resolutely uphold the relevant company's legitimate rights and interests, and at the same time reserving the right to take further actions in response.”

    The United States says it was a Chinese spy balloon without a doubt. Its presence prompted Secretary of State Antony Blinken to cancel a weekend trip to China that was aimed at dialing down tensions that were already high between the countries.

    The Pentagon says the balloon, which was carrying sensors and surveillance equipment, was maneuverable and showed it could change course. It loitered over sensitive areas of Montana where nuclear warheads are siloed, leading the to take actions to prevent it from collecting intelligence.

    A U.S. Air…

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