What has China said about the balloon controversy?

The latest in a sequence of reversals in China’s stance on a global drama is its accusation that the US has flown balloons into its territory.

Since the US originally claimed that China had flown a spy balloon above its border, it has been almost two weeks.

The episode has sparked a variety of reactions from the Chinese government and people, ranging from outrage to hysterical speculation.

Chinese officials held off responding right away after the Pentagon first revealed the balloon’s presence on February 2; they finally said something the next evening.

They acknowledged ownership of the device in a statement, but said it was a civilian airship that had been blown up for research, primarily meteorological objectives.

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