State Secretary Blinken says China spy balloon incident ‘should be closed’

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the spy balloon incident with China “should be closed” in an interview with MSNBC posted online on Tuesday.

“We did what we needed to do to protect our interests, we said what we needed to say and made clear what needed to make clear in terms of this not happening again. So as long as it doesn’t, that chapter should be closed,” Antony Blinken said in the video interview with MSNBC.

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A huge white balloon carrying sophisticated equipment traversed the continental United States in February before President Joe Biden ordered the military to shoot it down just off the east coast in the Atlantic.

China insists that the balloon was merely conducting weather research but the Pentagon described it as a high-tech spying operation. The balloon floated at an altitude far higher than most airplanes and crossed directly over at least one sensitive US military site.

According to US officials, countermeasures were taken to prevent the balloon’s instruments from collecting confidential information during its flight.

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