U.S. shoots down chinese spy balloon

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U.S. shoots down chinese spy balloon

The US military has shot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon after it drifted off the East Coast near the Carolinas, the Pentagon confirms.

China has expressed its “strong dissatisfaction and protest” against the decision, accusing the US of “overreacting” and “seriously violating international practice.”

President Joe Biden described the mission as a success. He said he ordered the military to shoot it down “as soon as possible” when he was briefed Wednesday.

US officials say the balloon was being used for surveillance.

It was first spotted over the continental US several days ago, according to the Pentagon, but officials deemed it too dangerous to shoot down over land.

An F-22 jet fighter engaged the high-altitude balloon with one missile – an AIM-9X Sidewinder – and it went down about six nautical miles off the US coast at 14:39 EST (19:39 GMT), a defence official told reporters.