The US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken met Saturday night with China’s top diplomat Wang Yi, on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, a State Department spokesman announced.

Earlier, Blinken’s motorcade left the hotel where the US minister is staying in an “unknown direction” and was believed to be on his way to meet Wang Yi.

The meeting of the two men comes in the shadow of the incident with the Chinese spy balcony.

China’s top diplomat Wang Yi earlier said the US’s handling of the balloon incident was hysterical and an irrational act that violated international norms.

“There are so many balloons all over the world, so the United States will they bring it all down?” asked Wang, director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee, at the Munich Security Conference.

An alleged Chinese surveillance balloon, which Beijing denies was a government spy craft, flew for a week over the United States and Canada before it was shot down off the Atlantic coast on February 4 on the orders of US President Joe Biden.

For Wang, shooting down the balloon “constitutes 100% abuse of the use of force, it is a violation of customary international practice, especially the Chicago Treaty on Civil Aviation” of 1944.