US SHOOTS DOWN CHINESE SPY BALLOON OVER ATLANTIC

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The US has shot down a giant Chinese balloon that it says has been spying on key military sites across America.

The Department of Defense confirmed its fighter jets brought down the balloon over US territorial waters.

China’s foreign ministry later expressed “strong dissatisfaction and protest against the US’s use of force to attack civilian unmanned aircraft”.

Footage on US TV networks showed the balloon falling to the sea after a small explosion.

The military is now trying to recover debris which is spread over seven miles.

US President Joe Biden had been under pressure to shoot the balloon down since defence officials first announced they were tracking it on Thursday.