3 Feb 2023

US Secretary of State cancels China visit over alleged spy balloon

Washington Correspondent

At first the Chinese refused to admit the balloon was theirs, then they said it was a meteorological airship that had blown off course.

The Americans say it’s for spying.

Whatever it is, it’s making its way across North America and leaving diplomatic drama in its wake.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken has postponed a trip to Beijing whilst Chinese state media has made barbed remarks about the weakness of the US’s air defences.