In a statement released by the White House on Tuesday, President Joe Biden promised to “take care” of a Chinese spy balloon that was recently spotted hovering over the United States.
The balloon, which was first spotted by an eyewitness in North Carolina, has raised concerns over Chinese surveillance and espionage activities.
The balloon was identified as part of a Chinese intelligence-gathering program, and has been described as a “Sputnik moment” by Biden, referring to the Cold War-era Soviet satellite launch.
In response to the balloon, the US has taken several steps to protect its national security, including increasing intelligence-gathering capabilities and strengthening its cyber-defenses.
However, this is only the latest in a series of Chinese intelligence failures that have been described as even more dangerous than the spy balloon. These include the theft of classified US government data, the infiltration of US networks, and the targeting of US citizens with cyber-attacks.
The US government is now working to ensure that these incidents do not happen again, as well as to protect the nation from further Chinese espionage activities.