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US Makes Case That Chinese Balloon Was Part of Spying Program

  • Balloon had parts with English writing, people familiar say
  • Chinese spy program said to span more than 40 countries
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Blinken: Chinese Surveillance Balloon Is Being Analyzed
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The Chinese balloon that traversed the US was capable of collecting communications signals and was part of a military-led spy program that spanned more than 40 countries, Biden administration officials said.

The Biden administration presented the new evidence in a State Department fact sheet on the balloon’s capabilities and in open hearings and closed briefings on Capitol Hill Thursday, as they sought to counter China’s insistence that it was a harmless weather-monitoring device that blew off course.