US halts activity at three airports eyeing Chinese spy balloon

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The US Federal Aviation Administration said it suspended departures and arrivals at three airports, including Myrtle Beach International Airport in South Carolina, on Saturday because of a “national security effort”.

The move came amid reports that a Chinese high-altitude surveillance balloon flying across the country was in the area.

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Washington called the episode a “clear violation” of US sovereignty.

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US officials said on Thursday that a Chinese spy balloon had been flying over the country for a few days in what would be a brazen act just days before a planned trip to Beijing by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

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China said on Friday that the blimp that was flying over the United States had civilian meteorological and other scientific purposes and regretted that it had strayed into US airspace.

In a statement, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs also said it continues to maintain communications with the US to properly handle the unexpected situation.

Source: CNN Brasil

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