In a world where the news of Chinese espionage is becoming increasingly common, the recent discovery of a Chinese spy balloon has left many wondering what the Biden administration is doing to protect the United States. In this blog post, we will discuss the recent discovery of a Chinese spy balloon and how the Biden administration is taking steps to strengthen defenses against Chinese espionage.
The news broke last week when a Chinese spy balloon was found to have crossed the U.S. border from Canada. White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said that since Biden took office, the U.S. has “enhanced our surveillance of our territorial airspace, we enhanced our capacity to be able to detect things that the Trump administration was unable to detect.” Biden himself said that he had ordered the Defense Department to shoot down the balloon as soon as it was appropriate, but the military determined that it was not a serious threat.
This incident has led to a classified briefing for all senators on Thursday to discuss the spy balloon situation, as well as the Biden administration’s plans to strengthen defenses against Chinese espionage. Sullivan said that as part of the surveillance improvements since Biden took office, “we were able to go back and look at the historical patterns” and uncover “multiple instances” during the Trump administration in which Chinese surveillance balloons traversed American airspace and territory.
U.S. officials have also revealed that the Chinese spy balloon was carrying a payload of over two thousand pounds, and that the U.S. military had begun collecting debris from the balloon. Sullivan also firmly rejected Beijing’s claim that the U.S. violated international law by shooting down the balloon, saying that the U.S. was “absolutely within our rights to bring down that balloon.”
It is clear that the Biden administration is taking steps to strengthen defenses against Chinese espionage, and it is important for Americans to stay informed about these developments. As the U.S. continues to grapple with the implications of this incident, we must also remain vigilant in our efforts to ensure that our country is safe from foreign threats.