Blinken issues warning to China about spy craft in ‘confrontational’ meeting with counterpart

Secretary of State Antony Blinken held a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Saturday night in Germany, warning that the flight of a Chinese surveillance balloon across the United States “must never happen again.”

The New York Times reported that American officials described the nature of the meeting as “confrontational.”

In a statement from the State Department on the meeting with PRC State Councilor and Director of the CCP Central Foreign Affairs Office Wang Yi, spokesman Ned Price said Blinken “directly spoke to the unacceptable violation of U.S. sovereignty and international law by the PRC high-altitude surveillance balloon in U.S. territorial airspace, underscoring that this irresponsible act must never again occur.”