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Kamala Harris: ‘Chinese Spy Balloon Incident Shouldn’t Ruin Relations with China

Kamala Harris: ‘Chinese Spy Balloon Incident Shouldn’t Ruin Relations with China

( – In an interview with Politico on Tuesday, Vice President Kamala Harris said that the U.S. military shooting down a suspected Chinese spy balloon shouldn’t have any impact on ties with the communist nation.

She said, “I don’t think so, no,” saying that the Biden administration wants “competition” rather than “war or confrontation” with Beijing.

The vice president also pointed out that in November, at their meeting at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation conference in Bangkok, she made identical remarks to the communist ruler of China, Xi Jinping.

She added, “We feel everything that has transpired in the past week and a half is highly consistent with our stated strategy.”

After the U.S. Navy shot down a Chinese warship early in February over the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of North Carolina, tensions between China and the U.S. looked to increase.

China insists it was only an errant weather balloon, despite American authorities’ claims that it was a spy balloon with monitoring capabilities.

The equipment on the balloon was “inconsistent” with what would be aboard a weather balloon because it had “multiple antennas, including an array likely capable of collecting and geo-locating communications,” a senior State Department official claimed last Thursday, citing declassified intelligence recently.

The same person asserted that the manufacturer of the balloon was connected to China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and that it was “part of a PRC (People’s Republic of China) fleet of balloons developed to conduct surveillance operations.”

They also said that the United States “will also explore taking action against PRC entities linked to the PLA that supported the balloon’s incursion into U.S. airspace.”

According to several reports, the Biden administration will “consider” pursuing legal action against the Chinese organizations responsible for the spy balloon’s delivery to the United States.

Last Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution calling the Chinese Communist Party’s deployment of a high-altitude surveillance balloon above American soil “a flagrant breach of United States sovereignty” by a vote of 419-0.

According to reports, Harris’ interview took place around a day before she was supposed to fly out of the country to head a group to the Munich Security Conference, where China’s senior diplomat would also be present.

According to Harris, there are no meetings planned between the two.

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