Posted BY: Jasmine | NwoReport
At least 11 possible Chinese balloons have spied on countries since the beginning of the Trump administration as the extent of China’s alleged balloon espionage program is just now coming to light, according to officials and media reports.
Biden administration officials revealed that suspected Chinese surveillance balloons had intruded on U.S. territory at least four times since former President Donald Trump took office in 2017, including once shortly after President Joe Biden took office in 2021. The latest incident, disclosed publicly for the first time Thursday, is just one data point in what defense officials characterized as a concerted effort to spy on countries across five continents in recent years including at least eight instances in the U.S., according to media reports.
“These balloons are all part of a PRC fleet of balloons developed to conduct surveillance operations, which have also violated the sovereignty of other countries,” a senior defense official said. “These kinds of activities are often undertaken at the direction of the People’s Liberation Army, or PLA.”
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Although China evaded responsibility for the craft initially, it later claimed ownership of a “civilian airship used for research, mainly meteorological, purposes” that accidentally “deviated far from its planned course,” a foreign ministry spokesperson said in a statement Friday.