Chinese officials claimed in a statement that the missile strike was “an extreme reaction that seriously violates international convention” and added that the communist government “retains the right to respond further” in response to the United States blowing its “weather” balloon to smithereens off the coast of North Carolina on Saturday.
They also claimed that the event was “completely unintentional” and that the lighter-than-air flight accidentally entered American airspace after drifting off track.According to The New York Times:
Additionally, “the ministry said that representatives from Washington had stated that the balloon represented no military danger.” The statement added that “the United States insistence on deploying force in these circumstances was obviously an extreme reaction that significantly breaches international convention. The legitimate rights and interests of the participating firm shall be steadfastly protected by China.”
The People’s Daily app, which describes itself as a piece of official Chinese media, made sure the message was spread throughout Twitter
The technology has improved significantly, and although a balloon might not seem especially menacing, it could be used to deliver drone armies, EMP strikes, conventional bombs, and more, I noted in an early Saturday article. The size of this one was comparable to three school buses, so it wasn’t a typical celebration balloon. Additionally, balloons are difficult to detect on radar.
However, the aspect of artificial intelligence that has made it possible to manipulate the height of high-altitude balloons in order to change their direction that I found to be the most fascinating while examining this kind of military equipment.
This essentially disproves China’s assertion that the balloon veered off track.
Is China going to pose a long-term danger to the US? Yes, but I don’t believe they want to create a world war because of this.
I concur with others who believe that the entire ballooning scandal was a ruse to test the country’s will and capability in defending its airspace.
We failed the test. It’s hardly a victory to blow up the aircraft after it has likely returned terabytes of intelligence to the CCP.
Author: Steven Sinclaire