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US Weighs Calling Off Blinken Visit to China Over Suspected Spy Balloon

  • Biden was advised against shooting it down, due to debris risk
  • China says it’s ‘regretful’ a civilian balloon drifted over US
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WATCH: The US Defense Department is tracking a Chinese surveillance balloon that’s hovering over US territory. Rebecca Choong Wilkins reports.Source: Bloomberg
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The Biden administration is weighing whether to postpone or cancel Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s upcoming trip to Beijing after detecting a Chinese surveillance balloon that was lingering at high altitude over sensitive nuclear sites in Montana.

Blinken was set to have meetings in Beijing early next week in the first such visit by a top US diplomat in five years. But the presence of the balloon — which the Pentagon decided not to shoot down — has officials worried that going now would send the wrong signal, according to people familiar with the matter who asked not to be identified discussing internal deliberations.