US Secretary of State Antony Blinken affirms that there was no official statement of regret over the spy balloon incident during his very first meeting with China. 

Speaking about their encounter in Munich, Blinken told NBC News’ “Meet the Press” that China’s highest-ranking foreign official did not express any remorse for the spy balloon that had flown over the US, instead offering “no apology.”

Blinken said that when he spoke to Wang Yi, the head of the Central Foreign Affairs Bureau of the Communist Party, he made it explicitly clear that deploying a Chinese surveillance balloon into US airspace was a breach of the nation’s sovereignty and international law.

“But what I can also tell you is this was an opportunity to speak very clearly and very directly about the fact that China sent a surveillance balloon over our territory, violating our sovereignty, violating international law.

“And I told him quite simply that that was unacceptable and can never happen again,” Blinken said.