The U.S. military is on high alert after reports of a third Chinese spy balloon that is believed to be operating in the air right now. This news follows the U.S. military’s decision to shoot down a Chinese spy balloon off the coast of South Carolina on Saturday using a single air-to-air A9X sidewinder missile fired at an altitude of approximately 58,000 feet.

According to The Washington Post, U.S. officials believe that there is “likely a third operating elsewhere,” but they declined to give the balloon’s location. The second Chinese spy balloon was detected over South America last week, according to U.S. military officials.

China expressed its “strong dissatisfaction and protest against the US’s use of force to attack civilian unmanned aircraft,” and stated that the balloon “was completely an accident” and would not pose a military or personal threat to ground personnel.

The incident has raised concerns about the security of the U.S. and the potential threat posed by Chinese espionage. As tensions between the two countries continue to rise, the U.S. military is on high alert and taking the necessary steps to protect the country from any potential threats.

It remains to be seen how the U.S. and China will respond to this incident and what the implications will be for the future of the two countries’ relationship. In the meantime, the U.S. military is taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of the nation.