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China’s High-Altitude Surveillance Balloon, National Security, and U.S.-China Relations
March 13 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Foreign Policy Research Institute | Virtual Event
Description: On February 4, the United States shot down a high-altitude surveillance balloon launched from China that had been operating in U.S. airspace for several days on a route that passed near sensitive national security sites. In subsequent days, the United States detected and destroyed additional unauthorized objects of unidentified origin. The “spy balloon” incident led to the postponement of Secretary of State Blinken’s planned trip to Beijing, further strained U.S.-China relations, and increased concerns about U.S. domain awareness, China’s intelligence programs, and related national security issues.
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