‘Second Chinese spy balloon spotted over Latin America’
   Date :05-Feb-2023

Chinese spy balloon
By Lalit K Jha :
A SECOND Chinese spy balloon has been spotted, this time in the skies over Latin America, the Pentagon has said, a day after another one of the size of three buses and carrying a “large” payload was seen in US skies that prompted US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to postpone his planned visit to China. “We are seeing reports of a balloon transiting Latin America. We now assess it as another Chinese surveillance balloon. We have no further information to provide at this time,” Pentagon Press Secretary Brigadier General Pat Ryder said on Friday. It is unclear exactly which country in the region the balloon is hovering over but it does not appear as if it is headed towards the United States, according to CNN.
The detection of the Chinese surveillance balloon transiting Latin America comes a day after the Pentagon announced that a Chinese surveillance balloon within its territory was flying over Montana, leading to Blinken postponing his planned trip to Beijing. Montana, a sparsely populated state, is home to one of only three nuclear missile silo fields in the US, at Malmstrom Air Force Base. China urges for ‘cool headed’ handling of unexpected situation: CHINA on Saturday urged for “cool-headed and prudent” handling of the situation arising out of entry of a Chinese balloon inside US airspace. After the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken postponed his upcoming visit to Beijing China’s Foreign Ministry said, “Maintaining contact and communication at all levels is an important common understanding reached by the Chinese and US Presidents at their meeting in Bali. The tasks of diplomatic teams on both sides is to properly manage bilateral relations, particularly to manage some unexpected situations in a cool-headed and prudent manner.”