The White House recently made a statement that has left the nation on edge. After a Chinese surveillance balloon was detected over American airspace, President Biden followed the “strong recommendation” of defense officials to not take any action against the aircraft. This has left many Americans wondering what this means for our sovereignty and security.
The People’s Republic of China has since confirmed that the balloon is indeed theirs, and that it is a civilian research airship that was blown off course by prevailing winds. The White House has made it clear that the balloon does not present a military or physical threat to people on the ground. However, they are still “keeping all options on the table” and the President is continuing to be briefed and get regular updates on the matter.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken was set to travel to Beijing this week to meet with Chinese President Xi, but the State Department announced Friday that the trip would be indefinitely postponed. This further emphasizes the seriousness of the situation.
The White House has also communicated directly with the Chinese government at several levels and has made it clear that the presence of this balloon in our airspace is a clear violation of our sovereignty as well as international law and is unacceptable.
The nation is now left to wait and see how the White House will respond to this breach of our airspace. As of now, all options are on the table and the President is continuing to be updated on the situation. It is clear that this is not just an isolated incident, but a threat to American sovereignty, and the White House is taking it seriously.