Kong(CNN)China says it “reserves the right” to deal with “similar situations” following the United States’ decision to shoot down its high-altitude balloon.
The US used force to attack our civilian unmanned airship, which is an obvious overreaction. We express solemn protest against this move by the US side,
China’s Defense Ministry spokesperson Tan Kefei said in a statement on Sunday afternoon local time.China “reserves the right to use necessary means to deal with similar situations,” he added.
China says it ‘reserves the right’ to deal with ‘similar situations’ after US jets shoot down suspected spy balloon China’s Foreign Ministry had earlier on Sunday accused,
the US of “overreacting” and “seriously violating international practice,” after US military fighter jets on Saturday shot down the balloon over the Atlantic Ocean in a mission President Joe Biden hailed as a success.
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The United States believes the balloon was involved in espionage, but China has refuted this, insisting it was a civilian research vessel blown off course.
The Chinese side has repeatedly informed the US side after verification that the airship is for civilian use and entered the US due to force majeure — it was completely an accident,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s statement said.
Force Majeure” is a legal term which means “greater force”. It excuses a party from liability if an unforeseen event, such as a natural catastrophe, prevents it from performing its obligations under the contract.
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China clearly asked the US to handle it properly in a calm, professional and restrained manner. A spokesman for the US Department of Defense also stated that the balloon will not pose a military or personal threat to ground personnel,” the ministry’s statement continued.