China said Monday that the surveillance balloon the Pentagon detected over Latin America had also veered off course, the same explanation it gave for the object the US detected over its territory and then shot down.
Washington has rejected Beijing's explanation.
"It has made an unintentional entry into the airspace of Latin American countries," Mao Ning, spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, told a press conference in Beijing on Monday.
"It is for civilian purposes, affected . . .
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