Wallace announces security review, as minister suggests ‘it’s possible’ China has sent ‘spy balloons’ to the UK

Defence secretary Ben Wallace has introduced a safety overview after a collection of objects in Western airspace had been shot down by the US army, together with a suspected Chinese language spy balloon.

The overview will assess the risks posed by suspicious flying objects and can work with the US and different companions to analyse intelligence. The overview will probably be used to assist resolve whether or not any modifications must be made to the surveillance of British airspace.

Mr Wallace has beforehand mentioned that if such a balloon was sighted over the UK, he would shoot it down.

It comes as US fighter jets downed an “unidentified object” over Lake Huron on Sunday — the fourth object to enter US or Canadian airspace in per week.


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Mr Wallace mentioned: “The UK and her allies will overview what these airspace intrusions imply for our safety. This improvement is one other signal of how the worldwide menace image is altering for the more severe”.

Talking to Sky Information this morning, transport minister Richard Holden mentioned it “doable” that China has despatched spy balloons over the UK.

Requested if spy balloons like these thought to have been downed within the US final week, may have been used over the UK, Mr Holden replied within the affirmative.

He mentioned: “I imply, it’s doable. It’s additionally doable that — and I might suppose doubtless — that there will probably be individuals from the Chinese language authorities attempting to behave as a hostile state. We noticed it with Russia right here within the UK with the Salisbury poisonings and different actions that they’ve taken.

“I feel we’ve bought to be reasonable in regards to the menace that these nations pose to the UK. They’re not excited about our democratic values, they’re not excited about standing up for human rights all over the world”.

The primary suspected Chinese language spy balloon was downed on February 4 by the US army, after the item had traversed delicate army websites throughout North America.

On February 10, the US army then shot down an unknown “car-sized” object flying in US airspace off the coast of Alaska.

On Sunday, an additional unidentified object was shot down with a missile by US fighter jets over Lake Huron.

Alicia Kearns, chairman of the Commons international affairs choose committee informed The Telegraph: “British airspace is protected by an distinctive fast response pressure, which has proved itself very succesful in opposition to unknown and hostile plane.

“The US will share with us and 5 Eyes allies its conclusions on the capabilities of the Chinese language balloons, and at that time an inner overview of our means to establish, observe, disrupt and destroy these balloons will probably be undertaken”.

Former Conservative chief Sir Iain Duncan Smith has urged the British authorities to cease “kowtowing” to Beijing. Sir Iain will probably be collaborating in a protest exterior the international workplace at the moment after the federal government division invited the governor of Xinjiang province for a gathering regardless of accusations of human rights abuses in opposition to Uiygurs.

He informed The Telegraph: “China seems to be at us and sees we’re weak. It’s ludicrous for Rishi Sunak to say when he’s standing for the management that he desires to characterise China as a strategic menace, however then say it’s only a strategic problem”.

The feedback will put additional stress on prime minister Rishi Sunak to take a tougher line on China. On Friday, former PM Liz Truss is about to warn of the menace from Beijing in her first public speech since quitting Downing Avenue.