China threatens ‘resolute’ action as US warned to brace for ‘further provocations’ after spy balloon was shot down

China is threatening to respond with ‘resolute action’ which American defense experts say could result in ‘further provocations’ after the U.S. finally shot down their spy balloon. 

Beijing’s Foreign Ministry last night slammed the move as a ‘clear overreaction and a serious violation of international practice.’ 

An F-22 Raptor fighter jet took down the balloon with a single AIM-9X sidewinder missile at 2.38pm on Saturday, off the coast of South Carolina.

Beijing issued a chilling statement saying it ‘reserves the right to make further responses if necessary.’

‘The Chinese side has, after verification, repeatedly informed the U.S. side of the civilian nature of the airship and conveyed that its entry into the U.S. due to force majeure was totally unexpected,’ the Ministry said.

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