Balloon over Latin America belongs to China, Beijing says

Beijing and Hong Kong

A balloon spotted in the skies over Latin America belongs to China and was used for a flight test, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said in response to questions on Monday.

This is the first time that Beijing has acknowledged that the balloons spotted over the two Latin American countries are from China.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Mao Ning said at a regular press briefing on Monday that the balloon “seriously deviated” from its planned route and “mistakenly” over Latin America and due to weather conditions and limited control capabilities of the aircraft. entered the skies of the Caribbean. .

It’s the second Chinese balloon Beijing claims has been derailed by weather, after the US military shot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon on Saturday that flew for days over the continental United States.

“China is a responsible country. We have always strictly adhered to international laws. We have informed all relevant parties and handled the situation properly, which did not pose any threat to any country. All sides “expressed their understanding,” Mao said.

Colombia’s air force and Costa Rica’s civil aviation authority both confirmed that a white observation balloon seen over the United States was tracked into their airspace last week, although they attributed the craft to China. was not attributed to

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