The United States has accused China of sending a spy balloon containing technology to monitor communication signals over U.S. territory. Senators from both sides of the aisle have been invited to a classified briefing on the matter.
The Pentagon has confirmed the presence of four such balloons, which have been seen in the skies of several states. The balloons are believed to be part of a Chinese military effort to gather intelligence on U.S. communications.
The U.S. response to the alleged Chinese espionage has been swift. President Joe Biden has invited Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to Washington to discuss the matter. However, some experts have argued that the U.S. should not let the presence of the spy balloons stop Biden from sending Secretary of State Antony Blinken to Beijing.
The U.S. government has not yet commented on the specifics of the spy balloons, but the issue is likely to be discussed during the upcoming classified briefing.
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