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China Warns of Retaliation Against US Over Balloon Saga

  • Beijing pledges to take ‘countermeasures’ against US entities
  • Blinken, Wang could meet on sidelines of Munich conference
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China Warns It Will Retaliate for Balloon Shoot Down
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China warned that it will retaliate against the US over violations of its sovereignty, potentially escalating the lingering balloon dispute just as top diplomats from both nations plan to attend a security conference in Germany.

At a briefing Wednesday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin repeated Beijing’s view that the Chinese aircraft downed by a US jet off the South Carolina coast this month had inadvertently floated over the country after being blown off course. He criticized the Biden administration’s decision to take it out and later sanction Chinese companies, saying the moves would have consequences.