In a peculiar incident that became the focal point of the Biden administration, a Chinese spy balloon floated across the United States, leading to heightened defense and political reactions. Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, clarified in an interview with “CBS News Sunday Morning” that the balloon was not collecting intelligence. Initially headed for Hawaii, shifting winds pushed the balloon over the continental US, ultimately leading to its shoot-down on the president’s orders once it neared the Atlantic.
- A Chinese spy balloon that drifted across the US led to significant political and defense responses, with top-of-the-line jet fighters being sent up to counter it.
- Gen. Mark Milley confirmed that despite its intended purpose, the balloon didn’t collect or transmit any intelligence back to China.
- Photographer Chase Doak captured the balloon’s image in Montana, drawing nationwide attention.
- Following its journey across the continental US, the balloon was shot down upon reaching the Atlantic Ocean on President Joe Biden’s command.
- The incident, while seemingly innocuous, had lasting implications on U.S.-China relations.