Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesmen Wang Wenbin said at a briefing that China would take unspecified “countermeasures” against the United States for shooting down the balloon that the U.S. believe was used for surveillance. China maintains the balloon was used for meteorological study. Wang said that China will “take countermeasures against relevant US entities that have undermined our sovereignty and security.” China has previously called on the U.S. to return the debris from the downed balloon. The U.S. has sanctioned six Chinese tech and aviation companies and passed a House resolution condemning China for the “brazen violation of United States sovereignty” in the aftermath of the incident, but has yet to comment on Wang’s latest comments.
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