China officials have warned the U.S. that they may take further action after the U.S. military shot down a suspected soy balloon.
“China strongly disapproves of and protests against the U.S. attack on a civilian unmanned airship by force,” China’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “The Chinese side has, after verification, repeatedly informed the U.S. side of the civilian nature of the airship and conveyed that its entry into the U.S. due to force majeure was totally unexpected.
“The Chinese side has clearly asked the U.S. side to properly handle the matter in a calm, professional, and restrained manner,” it added. “The spokesperson of the U.S. Department of Defense also noted that the balloon does not present a military or physical threat to people on the ground.”
“China will resolutely uphold the relevant company’s legitimate rights and interests, and at the same time reserving the right to take further actions in response.”
President Joe Biden gave the orders to shoot down the suspected spy balloon once it was over water, the Associated Press reported.
Planes were seen circling the balloon as it flew over the coast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on Saturday afternoon before it was brought down, The Independent reported.