China says the balloon is theirs but not used for spying. Here’s what we know


A high altitude balloon floats over Billings, Mont., on Wednesday. The U.S. is tracking a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon that has been spotted over U.S. airspace.

China’s foreign ministry described the balloon as “a civilian airship” used for meteorological research that had blown far off course by winds. The Pentagon suspects it’s collecting information.

(Image credit: Larry Mayer/AP)

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