Pentagon Confirms a Second Chinese Surveillance Balloon Has Been Spotted

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A second Chinese spy balloon has been spotted in the Western Hemisphere, the Pentagon revealed Friday.

“We are seeing reports of a balloon transiting Latin America. We now assess it is another Chinese surveillance balloon,” Pentagon representative Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder told Fox News in a Friday night interview.

The announcement came amid a furor over a Chinese spy balloon that had been drifting above Montana earlier in the week.

A representative of the Chinese Foreign Ministry said Friday the balloon was a civilian airship that had gone off course.

However, a senior U.S. official told Fox News the course over the U.S. was “intentional.”

Citing the balloon incident, Secretary of State Antony Blinken canceled his planned trip to China.

Blinken on Friday said he spoke to Wang Yi, the top diplomat in China, and “made clear that the presence of this surveillance balloon in U.S. airspace is a clear violation of U.S. sovereignty and international law,” according to the Guardian.

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