US Rejects Beijing Accusation That It Flies Balloons Over China

WASHINGTON — The U.S. vehemently rejected a Beijing accusation Monday that it had flown more than 10 high-altitude balloons over China in the last year as the two superpowers continued to spar over the American shootdown of a Chinese balloon off the eastern U.S. coastline more than a week ago.

“Not true. Not doing it. Just absolutely not true,” White House National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby told MSNBC. “We’re not flying balloons over China.”

Both countries deploy spy satellites, but a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin accused the U.S. of flying the balloons over China, although he gave no details about how they had been dealt with or whether they had alleged links to the U.S. government.


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