China Condemns “Attack On Civilian Unmanned Airship”

The South China Morning Post reports:

Beijing slammed Washington’s decision to shoot down a Chinese balloon, saying it was an overreaction and China reserved the right to take “further responses that are necessary”.

“China strongly disapproves of and protests against the US attack on a civilian unmanned airship by force,” the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Sunday.

It added that Beijing had notified the US side “repeatedly” that the airship was only for civilian purposes and had entered the US accidentally. “The US’ use of force is a clear overreaction and a serious violation of international practice,” it said, adding that China would “resolutely” defend the rights of the related Chinese companies.

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