Taiwan slams Chinese balloons, cites safety threat, calls it ‘psychological warfare’

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Taiwan’s defence ministry accused China on Saturday of threatening aviation safety and waging psychological warfare on the island nation’s people with a recent spate of balloons spotted near or over the island, days before crucial Taiwanese elections. The potential for China to use balloons for spying became a global issue in February when the United States shot down what it said was a Chinese surveillance balloon. China said the balloon was a civilian craft that accidentally drifted astray. Taiwan is on high alert for Chinese military and political activity ahead of the January 13 presidential and parliamentary elections. It says...