Beijing has stepped up its condemnation of Washington’s decision to shoot down the Chinese balloon spotted in US airspace last week.
China accused the US of dealing a “serious blow” to relations, undermining the efforts to warm ties between the two nations since presidents Biden and Xi met in Bali last November.
Vice-minister of foreign affairs Xie Feng lodged a formal protest with the US embassy in Beijing, accusing the US of “seriously” violating the spirit of international law and international conventions.
Xi added: “What the US has done has dealt a serious blow and damaged the efforts and advances in stabilising China-US relations since the Bali meeting.”
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