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House Unanimously Passes Resolution Condemning China "Spy Balloon"


MNI London: The US House of Representatives has unanimously passed a resolution condemning China's use a surveillance balloon over the continental United States.

  • The resolution, brought to the floor five days after the balloon was shot down, passed in a bipartisan 419-0 after the GOP decided to alter the bill from criticising the Biden Administration response to the balloon.
  • Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said “an event like this... must not happen again. And it cannot go unanswered.”
  • McCaul: “[China] must understand that we do desire peace, but infringing upon our sovereignty leads us down a dangerous path.”
  • The overwhelming bipartisan support for the bill highlights an a extreme hawkish Capitol Hill at a time when US-China relations are experiencing a period of unprecedented degradation.
  • David Sacks, at the Council on Foreign Relations says the response to the "spy balloon" incident has worrying implications for how Beijing and Washington may react to a more serious incident.
  • Sacks: “If you had a real crisis on your hands, it would be very difficult to de-escalate and it would be really difficult for a president of either party to find [a diplomatic resolution].”

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