US military says it is searching for remnants of Chinese spy balloon

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WASHINGTON: The United States military said on Sunday (Feb 5) it is searching for remnants of the suspected Chinese surveillance balloon it shot down the previous day, in a dramatic spy saga that has further strained American-Chinese relations. The US Navy is working to recover the balloon and its payload

He said balloons had been spotted near Texas and twice near Florida, as well as previously known sightings near Hawaii and Guam.

"The president called for this to be dealt with in a way that balanced all of the different risks. That's exactly what happened," US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said on CNN's State of the Union programme. "The bottom line here is that shooting down the balloon over water wasn't just the safest option, but it was the one that maximized our intel gain," he said at a news conference.Republican Mike Turner, chairman of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, said he believed China was using the balloon to figure out how to counter US nuclear weapons and missile defence systems.


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