The Biden administration recently made a startling discovery that has caused them to postpone Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s upcoming trip to Beijing. A Chinese surveillance balloon was detected lingering at high altitude over sensitive nuclear sites in Montana. This has led to the decision to postpone the visit, which was set to be the first such visit by a top US diplomat in five years.
The balloon, spotted by the Pentagon, was not shot down. The presence of the balloon, however, caused the Biden administration to decide that going to Beijing now would send the wrong signal. This has caused the administration to rethink their plans and delay the visit.
This news comes at a time when tensions between the US and China are at an all-time high. With the balloon being a direct violation of US airspace, the Biden administration is taking the appropriate steps to ensure the safety of their citizens and the security of their nuclear sites.
The decision to postpone the trip is a major setback for the Biden administration, who were hoping to make progress in their relationship with China. It is also a reminder that the US must remain vigilant and aware of their adversaries and the tactics they may use to gain an advantage.
It is unclear when the trip will be rescheduled, but one thing is certain: the Biden administration must remain vigilant and take the necessary steps to ensure the safety and security of the US and its citizens.