US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has branded the presence of a Chinese spy balloon in American skies as an “irresponsible act”. This was announced by the state department, reporting the contents of a phone call between Blinken and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, with which the American diplomat informed of ponement of his trip to Beijing “which at this moment would not be appropriate” .
Blinken spoke with Wang Yi to inform him that he will not be traveling to China at this time “in light of the current presence of high-altitude Chinese surveillance balloons in American airspace. The secretary said he planned to visit Beijing as a follow-up to the agenda.” agreed between President Biden and President Xi in Bali The Secretary noted that there is a Chinese statement of regret but made known that this is an irresponsible act and a clear violation of American sovereignty and international law that undermines the goal of the trip,” reads the American statement on the phone call.
Blinken explained that “in light of this ongoing issue, it would not be appropriate to visit Beijing at this time.” But she also stressed that the United States is in favor of maintaining diplomatic engagement and “opening lines of communication”. “The secretary of state “is ready to visit Beijing soon, as soon as conditions permit”, concludes the statement.