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Secretary of State Cancels Planned China Trip Due to Spy Balloon


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Joe Biden has been slammed over his weak response to the apparent Chinese spy balloon that’s been floating over the Northern United States.

In spite of the news, Biden’s Secretary of State was still apparently planning a trip to China over the weekend to meet with President Xi.

Something must have changed since then however, as Secretary of State Antony Blinken has indefinitely postponed his planned trip.

The alleged spy balloon has been headline news for days now, with President Donald Trump even chiming in on what should be done about it.

The Biden Administration has been accused of making America look weak with their response.

 

According to Fox News, Blinken’s planned trip has been postponed:

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has indefinitely postponed his trip to China following the controversy over a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon detected over the northern United States.

Officials said Friday that Blinken’s trip, which was never officially announced, has been indefinitely postponed.

Blinken was to travel to Beijing this weekend to discuss the Russia-Ukraine war with Chinese officials and meet with President Xi, White House National Security Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby said.

The Associated Press has more:

The decision came just hours before Blinken had been due to depart Washington for Beijing and marked a new blow to already strained U.S.-Chinese relations. The official said Blinken and President Joe Biden determined it was best not to proceed with the trip at this time.

Blinken’s long-anticipated meetings with senior Chinese officials had been seen in both countries as a way to find some areas of common ground amid major disagreements over Taiwan, human rights, China’s claims in the South China Sea, North Korea, Russia’s war in Ukraine, trade policy and climate change.

Although the trip, which was agreed to in November by President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping at a summit in Indonesia, had not been formally announced, officials in both Beijing and Washington had been talking in recent days about Blinken’s imminent arrival.

The meetings were to begin on Sunday and go through Monday.

After word of the spy balloon made the news, Biden and his administration faced severe criticism for their reaction:

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Many urged Biden to cancel Blinken’s planned trip following the incident.

Perhaps he finally felt the pressure…



 

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