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Has the United States been sending high-altitude balloons into China airspace? To the degree of ten times??

https://www.wsj.com/articles/china-says-u-s-flew-balloons-through-its-airspace-9739875e?mod=hp_lead_pos1

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In response to the US shooting down the Chinese surveillance balloon, China has in fact made the claim that the US has flown high altitude balloons into Chinese airspace more than 10 times. However, this claim is simply false. In an article titled, "China says U.S. balloons flew over its airspace more than 10 times," White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said "we are not flying surveillance balloons over China."

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/china-surveillance-spy-balloons-us-airspace-rcna70330  

Furthermore, in an article titled, "White House Refutes Claim that U.S. Flew Surveillance Balloons Over China," National Security Council spokesperson Adrienne Watson said "any claim that the US government operates surveillance balloons over the PRC is false."

https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2023-02-13/white-house-refutes-claim-that-u-s-flew-surveillance-balloons-over-china#:~:text=%E2%80%9CAny%20claim%20that%20the%20U.S.,Watson%20said%20in%20a%20statement.

This has been the first time any Chinese government spokesperson has made such a claim. This claim comes after anger for the shooting down of their surveillance balloons. One other reason why this claim is false is that there is simply no evidence (photographic) that the US has flown surveillance balloons in Chinese airspace. There also is no evidence that the US even operates spy balloons.
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