China says balloon is for research, accidentally strayed
Balloon seen over Montana
Last updated 2/3/2023 at 11:59am
Emily Wang Fujiyama, Tara Copp and Lolita C. Baldor
BEIJING — China’s Foreign Ministry said today that a balloon, seen over locations including Montana, that the U.S. suspects of conducting surveillance was a civilian “airship” used for research, mainly meteorological purposes.
The statement said the airship has limited steering capability and “deviated far from its planned course” because of winds.
It said China regrets the unintended entry of the airship into U.S. airspace.
The discovery further strained already-tense relations between Beijing and Washingt...
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