US shoots down three 'unidentified objects', 'not alien vehicles' officials
by Chad Fish / AP
It turns out that the US government shot down an unidentified object over North America for three consecutive days from February 10 to 12, 2023. This is the fourth time since the supposedly Chinese balloon was shot down on February 4.
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Below is a chart summarizing a total of four objects shot down over North America over the eight days starting February 4th. The first shot down is believed to be a Chinese spy balloon shot down by US forces off the coast of South Carolina on February 4, measuring 20 feet high and weighing 2,000 pounds. (approximately 906 kg) or more. The second was shot down on February 10, floating at an altitude of 40,000 feet (about 12,100 meters) in the Arctic Ocean near the Canadian border, off the coast of Alaska. The third, a cylindrical object smaller than a Chinese spy balloon hovering about 40,000 feet above northern Canada, was shot down on the 11th. And finally, it was shot down on the 12th while flying over Michigan's Upper Peninsula, which borders Lake Huron, one of the five Great Lakes.
the North American Aerospace Defense Command operated jointly by the United States and Canada. It is believed to be the first such event since.
All four objects were shot down by American F-22 and F-16 fighter jets, launched by
Speaking of unidentified objects flying over the United States, unidentified flying objects (UFOs) and extraterrestrial vehicles come to mind. dismissed the speculation, saying, ``We are aware of such doubts and concerns, but there is no indication of alien or extraterrestrial activity regarding the recent shootdown,'' and was laughed at by reporters. is said to have risen.
In addition, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said, ``We detected it, tracked it, and investigated it carefully to learn as much as we could. , we know that these PRC surveillance balloons have crossed the skies of dozens of countries on multiple continents, including our closest allies and partners. It was suggested that it was a high-altitude balloon that had operated to monitor the United States and its allies over the years.
The balloon's existence was discovered after President Joe Biden directed American intelligence to assess China's intelligence capabilities. Also, balloons were flying over the United States during the previous administration by former President Donald Trump, but it is said that they had not been discovered until now.
Regarding balloons believed to be Chinese, the U.S. Congress voted 419 to 0 in favor of ``the Chinese Communist Party's use of high-altitude surveillance balloons over U.S. territory is a bold violation of U.S. sovereignty.'' adopted a condemning resolution.
In addition, the United States blacklisted a total of six organizations, five Chinese research institutes and companies involved in the balloon, and prohibited these organizations and American companies from doing business without permission from the authorities. This means that the manufacturer of at least the first downed Chinese spy balloon has been identified.
It seems that the wreckage of the shot down balloon is being collected.
by US Navy / Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Tyler Thompson / EPA
On the other hand, China also said at a regular press conference on the 13th, ``In 2022 alone, an American high-altitude balloon illegally crossed China's airspace more than 10 times without the approval of the Chinese authorities.'' accused of flying spy balloons in However, no concrete evidence was presented.
Commenting on the escalating tensions in US-China relations, Peter Layton, a visiting fellow at Australia's Griffith Institute for Asian Studies, said, 'This ballooning incident is a situation that develops rapidly at a time when China is in a crisis. The CCP system is good at executing detailed long-term plans, but it is not good at dealing with urgent problems. In this crisis, only the United States has been more proactive, and China's response has been formal at best, and has not resulted in meaningful dialogue,' he said. I expressed my opinion that there is.
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