China detects unidentified object in its airspace: state media

Beijing, Feb 13 (EFE).- Local maritime authorities in China’s eastern Shandong Province said they had detected an unidentified object in the country’s airspace, state media reported late Sunday, just days after a diplomatic crisis with the United States on account of alleged Chinese spy balloons.

The maritime development authority of Qingdao’s Jimo district announced the sighting of an unidentified object flying over waters near Rizhao on Sunday, official newspaper The Paper reported.

The “relevant authorities” are preparing to shoot it down, the newspaper added.

Fishermen in the area have been notified by text message, The Paper said.

So far, no information has been provided on the nature of the objects or whether they were destroyed.

Unverified videos circulating on Chinese social media show a row of bright dots in the sky over a coastal area.

The sighting comes after the US recently shot down an unidentified object flying over Alaska as well as a balloon of Chinese origin that was allegedly used by Beijing for espionage tasks, a claim denied by China.

Canada also shot down an unidentified flying object that violated its airspace on Saturday. EFE


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