US Surrounds China With War Machinery While Freaking Out About Balloons• By: Caitlin Johnstone
Secretary of State Antony Blinken cancelled his scheduled diplomatic visit to China after the detection of the balloon. The mass media have been covering the story with breathless excitement. China hawk pundits have been pounding the war drums all day on any platform they can get to and accusing the Biden administration of not responding aggressively enough to the incident.
"The important thing that the American people need to understand, and what we are going to try to expose in a bipartisan fashion on this committee, is that the threat posed by the Chinese Communist Party is not just a distant threat in East Asia, or a threat to Taiwan," House China Select Committee Chairman Mike Gallagher told Fox News on Friday. "It is a threat right here at home. It is a threat to American sovereignty, and it is a threat to the Midwest — in places like those that I live in."
"A big Chinese balloon in the sky and millions of Chinese TikTok balloons on our phones," tweeted Senator Mitt Romney. "Let's shut them all down."
China's foreign ministry says the balloon is indeed from China but is "civilian in nature, used for meteorological and other scientific research," and was simply blown far off course. This could of course be untrue — all major governments spy on each other constantly and China is no exception — but the Pentagon's own assessment is that the balloon "does not create significant value added over and above what the PRC is likely able to collect through things like satellites in Low Earth Orbit."
Amid Concerns Over a Balloon, US Cancels High-Level Meeting with China— Antiwar.com (@Antiwarcom) February 3, 2023
Beijing said it regrets that one of its weather balloons drifted into American skies.
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