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Outrage and jokes about a balloon

Chinese Internet users poking fun at the spy balloon scandal with movie poster parodies.

In China’s state media, the appearance and shooting down of an alleged Chinese spy balloon over the USA is still kept under wraps so far. The usual outrage-fuelled editorials have yet to appear. However, the basic tone of the State Department’s official statement is already reflected in the news-style reports: the flying object was a civilian weather balloon. The reaction of the USA was as exaggerated as “shooting the mosquito with the cannon”, a Chinese military expert is quoted. Nevertheless, similar steps will now be reserved for “similar situations”, the statement continues. So far, so predictable.

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