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Two balloons – one ‘unforced error’

Mao Ning, spokeswoman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry in Beijing on Monday.

No one would have wanted to be in Mao Ning’s shoes on Monday. The evidence so far on the balloon incident over the USA is too clear. And so the spokeswoman of the Chinese Foreign Ministry kept her tone low: Yes, the second balloon over South America also came from China. It, too, had unintentionally drifted into the airspace of other countries. But much like the one over the US, the second balloon was allegedly only used for civilian purposes to investigate the weather.

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