China says balloon over US airspace is civilian airship

China’s foreign ministry has expressed regret over what it called a civilian balloon straying into United States airspace.

In a statement on Friday, the ministry said the balloon suspected by the US of conducting surveillance was a civilian “airship” used for research, mainly meteorological purposes.

Al Jazeera’s Kimberly Halkett reports from Washington, DC and Katrina Yu from Beijing.

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