Chinese Spy Balloon Enters the US?


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Pavan Ganesh, Newspaper Staff Reporter

On Feb 2, 2023, a noted U.S. official said they are tracking something they are pretty sure is a Chinese spy balloon.

China said the balloon wasn’t to spy on the United States but sources disagree. Chinese officials said that the balloon was able to gather sensitive military information.

The balloon was shot down off the coast of South Carolina. When debris was found, U.S. officials said it was confirmed that it was a spy balloon but China still denies it.

There was an estimated 163 sightings of this type of balloon. But if it was a surveillance balloon, we still don’t know why China would do it.

Some conspiracy theories have suggested that the balloons were sent as a message. It may have been sent to change the United State’s perception of China. Some people thought of this as a national security challenge.

What is also interesting is that this is not the first time this has happened. U.S officials have said they estimated that 3 balloons entered our country during Donald Trump’s presidency and 1 balloon during the early stages of Biden’s presidency.

So after all of this, What do you think?