The Chinese spy balloon off the coast of South Carolina on Saturday was the product of a factory based out of a naval base on a remote island in the Communist nation, it has been revealed.
A new report from details that the airship, which triggered a dramatic, and public, spying saga that worsened Chinese-U.S.relations, has been a key part of Beijing’s intelligence operations for years.
The report says that the Chinese military has into the airspace of geopolitical rivals such as Japan, India and the Philippines.
that at least four other balloons were previously detected over US airspace, in Hawaii, Florida, Texas and Guam, three of those were
Last Friday, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken hours before he was due to leave because of the balloon. While on Tuesday, China’s defense minster rejected an overture from US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to discuss the events of the last week.
Yulin Naval Base on Hainan Island, where the country’s balloon program is based out of
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin pictured with Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe in November 2022.On Tuesday, Fenghe rejected a call from Austin over the balloon
The Pentagon said in a statement: ‘Lines between our militaries are particularly important in moments like this. In the event you loved this information along with you desire to get more information with regards to EvdEN EVE naKliYAT kindly visit the internet site. Unfortunately, the PRC has declined our reOne senior official told the Post that China’s airship program represents a ‘massive effort’ within the country’s espionage programs. The program is based of the Yulin Naval Base on Hainan Island on China’s southern coast.
While a Japanese official told the newspaper that in 2020 an orb was spotted over the country, which many believed was a UFO. That official said: ‘In hindsight people are realizing that was a Chinese espionage tool. But at that time it was purely novel — nobody had seen this.’
Intelligence officials do not have an estimate on how many spy balloons the Chinese military possesses. An official did use the word ‘dozens’ when asked about how many sightings there have been in recent years, according to the Post.
The newspaper went on to report that in June 2022, a spy balloon crashed in Hawaii. As a result, the US military were able to gleam valuable information about Chinese military technology.
Speaking about the advantages of using a balloon for spying reasons rather than more sophisticated technology, retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Charlie ‘Tuna’ Moore said: ‘If you have a balloon that’s moving extremely slowly you have persistence that you can’tt get from a satellite.’
Moore added that typically satellites only have seconds in order to take pictures of their targets.
One of China’s nuclear submarines pictured at the Yulin Naval Base on Hainan Island
Chinese aircraft carrier Shandong at Yulin Naval Base
This week, Biden officials held briefings in Washington and evDeN EVE nAkliYAt Beijing with foreign diplomats from 40 nations about the balloon.
Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman on Monday briefed nearly 150 foreign diplomats across 40 embassies, an official said, while in Beijing the U.S. embassy gathered foreign diplomats on Monday and Tuesday to present U.S. findings about the balloon.
‘We want to make sure that we are sharing as much as we can with countries around the world who may also be susceptible to these types of operations,’ the senior evdEn eve nAKLiYaT administration official said.
China has said it was a weather balloon that had blown off course into U.S. airspace and was an ‘unexpected, isolated incident.’ It condemned the shoot-down and accused the United States of overreacting.
Officials said the first spy balloon that traveled across the US fell six miles off the coast of South Carolina in waters about 47 feet deep. They noted that a proper salvage vessel won’t be on the scene for days as the race is on to secure the wreckage