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( – The revelation of the global Chinese balloon spying program has led to increased tensions between the two countries. The efforts by President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping to handle the tension have also been largely unsuccessful.

In the meantime, the US continues to use fighter jets to shoot down unknown objects that were spotted in the skies above the U.S. and Canada.

According to a recent report from The Hill, Tim Bergreen, former staff director of the House Intelligence Committee Democrats, said that regardless of what name one gives them, relations between the U.S. and China are “bad in pretty much every possible dimension.”

Biden has not yet addressed what information he has on the threat posed by China. US officials have also not spoken about whether or not Biden is going to be speaking with the Chinese leader Xi Jinping. The last time the two men spoke face-to-face was in November during the Group of 20 summits in Indonesia.

However, Secretary of State Antony Blinken did recently meet with Chinese diplomat Wang Yi to discuss the issue. Blinken spoke with Chuck Todd from NBC News’s Meet the Press, saying there is “no doubt” that the balloon was intended for surveillance. He added that he spoke directly with Wang and made it clear that China’s actions were unacceptable.

According to The Hill, Washington’s biggest threat right now is China’s relations with Taiwan and its willingness to support Russia. Biden has indicated he’s committed to Taiwan’s defense and has even suggested using American troops to defend Taiwan.

The White House has pointed out that they do not want to have a conflict with China. This was reiterated by national security spokesman John Kirby, the outlet reported.

Chinese officials have also been extremely critical of the US’s decision to shoot down the Chinese spy balloon.

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