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Balão chinês espionando os EUA (INGLÊS)

FOX NEWS - Timothy H.J. Nerozzi - INTRODUÇÃO CÉSAR TONHEIRO - FEB 3, 2023


"O dirigível é da China. É um dirigível civil usado para fins de pesquisa, principalmente meteorológicos", confirmou um porta-voz do Ministério das Relações Exteriores da China na sexta-feira. "Afetado pelos Westerlies e com capacidade limitada de autodireção, o dirigível se desviou muito de seu curso planejado." O porta-voz do Pentágono Brig. O general Pat Ryder disse durante um briefing na tarde de quinta-feira que o governo dos EUA detectou um balão de vigilância de alta altitude sobre os EUA continentais.

Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the opening ceremony of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China October 16, 2022. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Chinese Foreign Ministry claims balloon was not intended to enter US airspace


The People's Republic of China confirmed Friday that the balloon craft floating over the northern United States is Chinese.


China claimed that the airship is a civilian research craft that was blown far off course by prevailing winds, and that it regrets the incident.



"The airship is from China. It is a civilian airship used for research, mainly meteorological, purposes," a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson confirmed Friday. "Affected by the Westerlies and with limited self-steering capability, the airship deviated far from its planned course."


Pentagon spokesperson Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder said during a briefing on Thursday afternoon that the U.S. government has detected a high-altitude surveillance balloon over the continental U.S.


The United States government has detected and is tracking a high-altitude surveillance balloon that is over the continental United States right now," Ryder said Thursday. "The U.S. government to include Norad, continues to track and monitor it closely. The balloon is currently traveling at an altitude well above commercial air traffic and does not present a military or physical threat to people on the ground.


He continued, "Instances of this kind of balloon activity have been observed previously over the past several years. Once the balloon was detected, the U.S. government acted immediately to protect against the collection of sensitive information."



Map shows approximate path of a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon over Montana, Friday, Feb. 3, 2023. (Fox News)

A well-placed senior U.S. official told Fox News that the government has been tracking the balloon for "some time" and said it entered U.S. airspace a "couple of days ago."


 
Timothy Nerozzi is a writer for Fox News Digital. You can follow him on Twitter @timothynerozzi and can email him at timothy.nerozzi@fox.com


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