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Chinese Spy Balloon Exposed: Capable of Monitoring Communication Signals, Says US

Chinese spy balloon monitored US comms, US claims. Shot down by US forces. Capable of capturing signals. Direct link to Chinese military.



Sailors from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 2 recover wreckage from the mysterious Chinese balloon that was shot down by the United States off the coast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Fleet Forces/U.S. Navy via Reuters

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The US State Department announced on Thursday that it had confirmed the suspicion that a Chinese balloon, which was shot down by a US fighter jet last week, was capable of monitoring communication signals.

The balloon, which appeared over the western coast of the United States, was believed to be a spy device by the US government, but the Chinese government countered by stating that the balloon was only being used for meteorological and scientific purposes.

However, following an investigation that was conducted with the materials recovered from the balloon, the US stated that they have verified the balloon’s capacity to capture communication signals in its surrounding environment. The US also expressed their conviction that the manufacturer of the balloon has direct connections to the Chinese military.

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Image taken from the ground shows the underside of the Chinese balloon during American fighter activity to destroy the object — Photo: Chad Fish via AP

The US further revealed that China has carried out similar surveillance flights in over 40 countries across five continents. Wendy Sherman, the US Deputy Secretary of State, stated that the balloon incident is just one of many examples of China’s efforts to overhaul the international order.

Speaking at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, Sherman emphasized the United States’ commitment to preventing China from using American technology for its military advancement.

Sherman stated, “The People’s Republic of China is the only competitor with the intent and means to reshape the international order.” She added, “Last week, the American people saw the latest example of this reality, after the US government detected, closely tracked, and shot down the PRC high altitude surveillance balloon that had entered our territorial airspace in clear violation of our sovereignty and international law.”

The discovery of the Chinese balloon and its capabilities has raised concerns about the international order and the security of nations.

The US government has stated that they will continue to take necessary measures to prevent foreign entities from exploiting American technology and undermining their national security.

The balloon incident serves as a cautionary tale, highlighting the importance of maintaining robust security systems and safeguarding national interests in an increasingly interconnected and technologically advanced world.

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