February 03, 2023

Blinken postpones China trip as suspected spy balloon detected over U.S.

Source: Washington Post

Journalists: John Hudson, Yasmeen Abutaleb, Cate Cadell

“All countries, especially competitors like the United States and China, spy on each other. It’s a fact of international relations, and has been forever,” said Jacob Stokes, an expert at the Center for a New American Security and a former Obama administration official. “And we know [Chinese] intelligence extensively targets America.”

At the same time, U.S. officials have said they do not think the balloon was able to gather information that couldn’t be acquired in other ways, namely by spy satellites. So while the presence of a balloon floating over Montana might appear sensational, the intelligence likely collected and the fact of Chinese spying are mundane.

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Authors

  • Jacob Stokes

    Senior Fellow, Indo-Pacific Security Program

    Jacob Stokes is a Senior Fellow for the Indo-Pacific Security Program at CNAS, where his work focuses on U.S.-China relations, Chinese foreign and military policy, East Asian ...