China refused US call after downing of suspected spy balloon, Pentagon says4 min read . Updated: 08 Feb 2023, 05:59 PM IST
Washington and Beijing already face a relationship strained by trade and Taiwan tensions
WASHINGTON : China’s defense minister rejected a request from Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to speak immediately after the U.S. downed a suspected Chinese spy balloon, the Pentagon said, indicating how the episode has further inflamed the powers’ fraught relations.
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