On February 4, the United States shot down a high-altitude surveillance balloon launched from China that had been operating in U.S. airspace for several days on a route that passed near sensitive national security sites. In subsequent days, the United States detected and destroyed additional unauthorized objects of unidentified origin. The “spy balloon” incident led to the postponement of Secretary of State Blinken’s planned trip to Beijing, further strained U.S.-China relations, and increased concerns about U.S. domain awareness, China's intelligence programs, and related national security issues.
To discuss these issues, FPRI Senior Fellow Lonnie Henley will join a discussion moderated by FPRI Asia Program Director Jacques deLisle, with audience Q&A.
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Lonnie Henley - Lonnie Henley is a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and a retired U.S. intelligence professional who held several senior positions including Defense Intelligence Officer for East Asia, Senior Defense Intelligence Analyst for China, and National Intelligence Collection Officer for East Asia.
Jacques deLisle - Jacques deLisle is the Chair of the Asia Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He is also the Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law, Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China at the University of Pennsylvania.