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Chinese Balloon Was Part of Years-Long Spying Program, US Says

  • Top US diplomat says China efforts crossed five continents
  • Biden says episode did not worsen US-China relations
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The high-altitude Chinese balloon that crossed over the US last week is just part of a years-long surveillance program with Beijing deploying such craft around the globe, the US said, as officials sought to draw new attention to what they say is an increasingly aggressive Chinese spying campaign.

The Chinese spying has gone on for “several years,” sending four balloons over the US alone, a Pentagon spokesman said. At a news conference Wednesday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the US had briefed dozens of countries about the full extent of the espionage.