A Central American country’s government revealed that a Chinese balloon had also flown above its country last week.
“The [Chinese] Embassy reiterated that the balloon that was observed from various parts of the national territory was of a civilian nature and had scientific, mainly meteorological, purposes,” said Costa Rica’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship in a statement.
Fox News further reported:
Costa Rica’s foreign ministry said in a statement the Chinese government recognized that one of its balloons flew over Costa Rica, and that China’s embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica, “apologized for the incident.”
China insisted that the balloons flown over the U.S. and Costa Rica were primarily used for weather studies.
China told Costa Rican officials that the balloon’s flight path deviated from where it was originally supposed to go and that it had a limited ability to correct the error, according to the statement.
A Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman told reporters at a news conference Monday in Beijing that the balloon located in Latin America was used for civilian purposes.
The head of Costa Rica’s civil aviation agency said Sunday that local officials had received reports of a balloon flying over the country on Thursday. This statement came after Colombia’s military said Saturday that it had discovered an object similar to a balloon flying over its territory the day prior.
The report of a balloon over Costa Rica follows the two-week travel of a balloon across the U.S. that ended when a military jet destroyed it off South Carolina’s coast Saturday.
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