The US has recently shot down four unidentified objects flying in its airspace jurisdiction this month. Concerns are growing over spying efforts, after Chinese officials admitted that the first spy balloon belonged to them.
The fourth flying object over Lake Huron on the US-Canadian border was brought down by fighter jets on Sunday. US President Joe Biden approved the order when the pentagon observed it flying near sensitive military sites.
US military officials claimed that the airship’s proximity to key military installations might have been used for eavesdropping. They waited to hit the flying object when it flew over the ocean after there were worries that the missile's altitude and flight path would have interfered with commercial air traffic.
In the past two weeks, the flying objects were present in South Carolina, Alaska and Canada. The most recent object may be a "gaseous type of balloon" or "some type of propulsion system," according to a US military commander.
China explained that the first event involved a meteorological tracker that had been thrown off course. However, according to US authorities, they think the balloon is a component of a global surveillance programme that spans five continents.
Richard Holden, the Minister for Roads and Local Transport spoke with Sky News stating that China is a hostile state and the government must be firm in their interactions with them.
The government made the decision to initiate a security review into the surveillance concerns
and Holden stated that it is probable that Chinese spy balloons have already flown over the UK.
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