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Chinese balloon shot down over USA

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The United States has shot down a Chinese balloon that has flown across America in the past week.

The balloon caused widespread disruption with three airports closed as the airspace was shut down off the South Carolina coast. Some people believe the balloon was a spy instrument.

According to the US news agencies, footage showed the balloon falling to the sea after a small explosion.

President Biden gave the go-ahead to bring the balloon down over the Atlantic Ocean and the coast guard has asked mariners to leave the area due to military operations.

The balloon’s arrival over the US comes amid fraying tensions between the two countries.

China, which has expressed regret over the incident, said on Saturday it had “never violated the territory and airspace of any sovereign country”.

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