Spy balloon: Blinken postpones China trip | DW News

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has postponed a diplomatic visit to China after a high-altitude Chinese balloon was spotted over the US. Blinken’s abrupt decision to delay the trip came just hours before he had been due to depart Washington for Beijing. A US official said Blinken and President Joe Biden determined it was best not to proceed with the trip at this time.

The balloon has been flying over US skies for a few days now. US defense officials said they believed the balloon was used “for surveillance.” But China’s foreign ministry said it was used for “mainly meteorological” purposes.

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