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catsudon

(863 posts)
Fri Feb 3, 2023, 01:44 PM Feb 2023

Blinken postpones trip to Beijing after Chinese spy balloon spotted over US, officials say

This discussion thread was locked as off-topic by Lasher (a host of the Latest Breaking News forum).

Source: cnn

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has postponed his upcoming trip to China in response to the flying of a suspected Chinese spy balloon over the United States, according to two US officials. The postponement marks a significant new phase in the tensions between Washington and Beijing.

The Chinese foreign ministry claimed Friday that the suspected Chinese high-altitude surveillance balloon flying over the continental United States is a "civilian airship" used mainly for weather research that deviated from its planned course.

The statement, by a spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, is the first admission that the airship originated in China since the Pentagon revealed it was tracking the balloon on Thursday.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2023/02/03/politics/china-us-balloon-intl/index.html



yeah, weather balloon my butt, it's checking for ski conditions over Montana?

Pentagon press secretary Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder said on Friday that the US Defense Department knows the suspected surveillance balloon floating over the northern US "has the ability to maneuver."

"The balloon is maneuverable, clearly it's violated US air space, and again we've communicated that fact to the [People's Republic of China]," Ryder said.
The spokesperson did not indicate any details on how it can be maneuvered.


time to move the goal post for china apologist "since usa spies on china, it is okay for china too!"
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Blinken postpones trip to Beijing after Chinese spy balloon spotted over US, officials say (Original Post) catsudon Feb 2023 OP
Fox news is really beating the drum on this packman Feb 2023 #1
What can really be the point of this, escept harraresment? efhmc Feb 2023 #2
Shoot it down. roamer65 Feb 2023 #3
It's aliens Ray Bruns Feb 2023 #4
I'm not saying it was the aliens IronLionZion Feb 2023 #6
Ha! Ray Bruns Feb 2023 #7
So Just Ignore it! McKim Feb 2023 #5
It's aliens 👽 Ray Bruns Feb 2023 #8
Let me straighten my tinfoil hat otchmoson Feb 2023 #9
A few small holes so comes down slowly? Owl Feb 2023 #10
It's invaded our airspace, right? What's the military doing? When's the CiC press conference? ancianita Feb 2023 #11
Easy answer, it's a weather balloon! Military action isn't always the answer to everything. Alexander Of Assyria Feb 2023 #13
That's what THEY say. Gen McCaffery gives them a little play, but leaned toward a spy vehicle they ancianita Feb 2023 #14
Get the facts first. Then respond accordingly. If it is an errant balloon, let's not go nuts. Evolve Dammit Feb 2023 #12
Too late! The buttery has ballooned into the stratosphere and no coming back to earth for them! Alexander Of Assyria Feb 2023 #15
Locking as LBN duplicate. Lasher Feb 2023 #16
 

packman

(16,296 posts)
1. Fox news is really beating the drum on this
Fri Feb 3, 2023, 01:51 PM
Feb 2023

Had a Repuke congressperson on discussing the wayward balloon and he brought up Biden, Afghanistan, Covid, Wuhon, the laptop and every other thing he could throw against the wall.

efhmc

(14,787 posts)
2. What can really be the point of this, escept harraresment?
Fri Feb 3, 2023, 02:06 PM
Feb 2023

Which is eaily taken care of with a well place kaboom.

roamer65

(36,824 posts)
3. Shoot it down.
Fri Feb 3, 2023, 02:30 PM
Feb 2023

IronLionZion

(45,989 posts)
6. I'm not saying it was the aliens
Fri Feb 3, 2023, 03:37 PM
Feb 2023

but it was the aliens

Ray Bruns

(4,256 posts)
7. Ha!
Fri Feb 3, 2023, 03:40 PM
Feb 2023

McKim

(2,412 posts)
5. So Just Ignore it!
Fri Feb 3, 2023, 03:04 PM
Feb 2023

So just ignore it and send Blinken to China. We need diplomacy not war mongering! Just stop it!
Hostilities do not lead to good ends. It this a trial balloon for the Pentagon which seems to be itching for a war on China? Bad stock market news solution: Let’s ramp up hostilities and sell some more war materials! ENOUGH ALREADY! Really, we can’t even feed and house our people!

otchmoson

(68 posts)
9. Let me straighten my tinfoil hat
Fri Feb 3, 2023, 04:14 PM
Feb 2023

Perhaps it isn't being shot down lest it release a payload of airborne viral particles?

Owl

(3,664 posts)
10. A few small holes so comes down slowly?
Fri Feb 3, 2023, 05:17 PM
Feb 2023

ancianita

(36,996 posts)
11. It's invaded our airspace, right? What's the military doing? When's the CiC press conference?
Fri Feb 3, 2023, 05:25 PM
Feb 2023

And why isn't it captured? Or even shot down?

Why are PTB just watching it even as it does its intel gathering?

WTF!

 

Alexander Of Assyria

(7,839 posts)
13. Easy answer, it's a weather balloon! Military action isn't always the answer to everything.
Fri Feb 3, 2023, 07:36 PM
Feb 2023

Sacrilège, I speak!?

ancianita

(36,996 posts)
14. That's what THEY say. Gen McCaffery gives them a little play, but leaned toward a spy vehicle they
Fri Feb 3, 2023, 09:19 PM
Feb 2023

got sloppy in controlling.

Evolve Dammit

(17,467 posts)
12. Get the facts first. Then respond accordingly. If it is an errant balloon, let's not go nuts.
Fri Feb 3, 2023, 05:27 PM
Feb 2023
 

Alexander Of Assyria

(7,839 posts)
15. Too late! The buttery has ballooned into the stratosphere and no coming back to earth for them!
Fri Feb 3, 2023, 11:11 PM
Feb 2023

Twitter has passed judgment and sentence on the balloon! No appeals!

Lasher

(27,860 posts)
16. Locking as LBN duplicate.
Sat Feb 4, 2023, 07:15 AM
Feb 2023

Duplicate threads are not allowed in the LBN Forum. Please continue discussion in this earlier LBN thread.

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