China’s top diplomat, Wang Yi, called the U.S. response to the recent balloon incident “absurd and hysterical” at the Munich Security Conference. The incident involved the U.S. shooting down a Chinese government surveillance balloon that was flying in U.S. airspace. The tension from this incident led to the postponement of Secretary of State Tony Blinken’s planned trip to Beijing. W
ang accused the U.S. of violating international treaties and using force against the balloon. The U.S. claimed the balloon was a “clear violation of U.S. sovereignty and international law.” President Biden has expressed a desire to speak with Chinese President Xi Jinping regarding the issue.