US shoots down Chinese spy balloon

US President Joe Biden congratulated the pilots on a successful mission. Mr. Biden said: “They shot it down successfully. I want to commend our pilots.”

Meanwhile, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin called the shooting down of the balloon a “deliberate and lawful action” in response to China’s “violation of sovereignty” over the US.

The US shot down a Chinese spy balloon - Photo 1.

After the hot air balloon flew off the mainland, the US military used a fighter jet to shoot down the device over the Atlantic Ocean. Photo: Reuters

Hue Binh

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