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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.


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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