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US Downs Chinese Balloon, Prompting Protests from Beijing

  • Biden says he gave order on Wednesday and to wait until safe
  • No US advance warning to China on plan to shoot down balloon
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US Shoots Down China Spy Balloon Over Atlantic Ocean
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The US shot down an alleged Chinese surveillance balloon off the South Carolina coast on Saturday, injecting new tension into relations with Beijing which called the move an overreaction. 

President Joe Biden said he ordered the Pentagon on Wednesday to down the balloon as soon as possible “without doing damage to anyone on the ground.” The military decided the best window was on Saturday while it was over the Atlantic within US territorial waters, capping days of waiting as it traversed the country.