US ends search for downed Chinese balloon debris, other objects

THE United States has ended its search for debris from an alleged Chinese surveillance balloon it shot down earlier this month as well as two other objects downed near Alaska and on Lake Huron, the military’s Northern Command said yesterday.

“Recovery operations concluded February 16 off the coast of South Carolina, after US Navy assets assigned to US Northern Command successfully located and retrieved debris from the high-altitude PRC surveillance balloon,” Northcom said in a statement, referring to the People’s Republic of China.