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Spy Balloon Saga Continues, Exposing Tensions Between U.S. and China

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WASHINGTON, DC UNITED STATES- FEBRUARY 13: National Security Council Coordinator Admiral John Kirby speaks at a White House Press Briefing following the U.S. downing of a number of Unidentified Aerial Phenomenas (UAPs), at the White House on February 13th, 2023 in Washington, DC.  (Nathan Posner/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

China’s foreign ministry accused the U.S. on Monday of flying at least 10 high-altitude surveillance balloons in its airspace during the past year. The charge, which the White House denies, comes a little more than a week after the U.S. shot down a large balloon it says China was using to spy on American military sites. We’ll look at what the mutual reprisals say about the state of U.S.-China relations and whether and to what extent ties between the nations can be stabilized.

Guests:

Neysun Mahboubi, research scholar at the Center for the Study of Contemporary China, University of Pennsylvania, where he also hosts a podcast on Chinese politics, economics, law and society

Edward Wong, diplomatic correspondent, The New York Times<br />

Mary Gallagher, professor of political science and director of the International Institute, University of Michigan - Her most recent book is "Authoritarian Legality in China: Law, Workers and the State"

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