Spy balloon in American skies, US cancels diplomat’s trip to China

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A second Chinese spy balloon has been spotted hovering over America, just a day after  similar balloon was first discovered over US.

As a protest to the surveillance balloon, US decided to abruptly cancel the long due diplomat  trip to China . America's top diplomat Anthony Blinken was scheduled to depart for China on Friday. The visit was aimed at easing tensions between the two countries.

President Joe Biden has been briefed about the violation of US airspace by China and he is closely monitoring the developing situation. They have decided against destroying it because of the safety of the public, but all actions are on table, the White House added.

The Chinese balloon, of the size of three buses, laced with a significant number of payloads will probably be over the United States for a few days, the Pentagon said on Friday asserting that it has surveillance capabilities.

"We will continue to monitor it. Right now, we assess that it'll probably be over the United States for a few days, but we'll continue to review our options and keep you updated as we can," Pentagon Press Secretary Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder told reporters at the Department of Defence.

"It's got a large payload underneath the surveillance component, underneath the actual balloon piece of it," Ryder said, adding that the surveillance balloon has maneuverability capabilities.

The Chinese foreign ministry claimed the unmanned airship was used for weather research and had blown off course. China issued a rare statement of regret over the first balloon and blamed winds for pushing what it called a civilian airship into US airspace.

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