On February 4, the American army shot down a Chinese balloon that the Pentagon suspected was a spy device.
The Pentagon announced on Friday that the search for the remains of a Chinese balloon shot down off the American Atlantic coast had been successful. “The final remains (collected) are transferred to the FBI investigation laboratory in Virginia to be exploited by counterintelligence,” he explained.
On February 4, the American army shot down a Chinese balloon off the coast of South Carolina that the Pentagon suspected of being a spy device designed to collect sensitive information. Beijing maintained that it was a civil aerostat, primarily intended to collect meteorological data, that had inadvertently deviated from its trajectory and was thus flying over American territory. The balloon incident prompted US Foreign Minister Antony Blinken to cancel a rare planned visit to China.
The Pentagon also announced the end of the search for two other downed planes, one off the north coast of Alaska on February 10 and the other two days later over Lake Huron on the Canadian border. According to a press release, this research, which used sophisticated technologies and was conducted in collaboration with Canadian authorities, was unsuccessful.
During a press conference on Thursday, US President Joe Biden stated that there was no evidence linking these two objects to the Chinese spy balloon program.
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