US Pentagon: Second Chinese spy balloon spotted in Latin America

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US Pentagon: Second Chinese spy balloon spotted in Latin America

Earlier, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken spoke by phone with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi to inform him about the postponement of his visit to China.

A Chinese spy balloon has been spotted over Latin America, the US Defense Department said on Friday, a day after one such balloon was spotted in US airspace.

“We have reports of a balloon flying over Latin America. We believe this is yet another Chinese spy balloon,” Pentagon spokesman Pat Ryder said, without giving a specific location.

Earlier yesterday, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken spoke by phone with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi to inform him of the postponement of his visit to China, citing irresponsible action and a clear violation of the United States’ sovereignty.

Beijing expressed its regret for this “unintentional” entry of the balloon into US airspace, claiming that it serves “research purposes, mainly meteorological”.

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