The detonation of the Chinese spy balloon and the intensification of bilateral tensions between the United States and the former Assistant Secretary of State for Asia and the Pacific Daniel Russel (Daniel Russel) bluntly stated that if Beijing chooses to play the victim or even retaliate, the relationship between the United States and China may spiral into deterioration.

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[Compiled by Yang Fuyi/Taipei Report] US-China relations are at an unprecedented low point in history.

After a Chinese spy balloon invaded U.S. airspace, causing U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken to postpone his visit to China, and U.S. President Joe Biden ordered the U.S. military to shoot down the balloon, former White House national security official McEwen said, "This highlights the relationship between the United States and China. The competitive relationship of the Cold War”, Russell, the former assistant secretary of the US State Department for Asia and the Pacific, said bluntly that the relationship between the United States and China may fall into a downward spiral again.

The "New York Times" reported on the 5th that at a time when the competition between the United States and China is intensifying, the severity of the Chinese spy balloon incident blatantly crossing the United States is unusual.

Evan Medeiros, senior director of China and Asia affairs at the White House National Security Council under former US President Barack Obama, said that it is still unknown how much intelligence information China has obtained through this, "But there is no doubt that this is very serious. violations of sovereignty".

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McEwen, who is now a professor at Georgetown University, pointed out that when a person was walking his dog outside, he looked up and saw a Chinese reconnaissance balloon in the sky. "This makes people strongly feel the challenge posed by China."

In an earlier interview with The Wall Street Journal, McArwen also said that the United States and China are in a "action-reaction" cycle, which is slow and fast, which requires the leadership to avoid rampant confrontation.

Michael Rogers, who served as head of national security under Obama and former US President Trump, believes: "Regardless of the value of what China may obtain, the difference in this incident is visibility. When there is a physically visible invasion of the country , there will be a different feeling”; after the discovery of the balloon, China “handled it badly”.

"It's a little bit worrying when the nuclear powers start shooting down each other's surveillance vehicles," said Daniel Russel, former State Department assistant secretary for Asia and the Pacific under the Obama administration, according to The Wall Street Journal and Politico. , the relationship between the United States and China may resume its downward spiral, depending on China's response.

Russell, the current vice chairman of the American think tank Asia Society "Asian Social Policy Institute" (ASPI), said bluntly that the Biden administration has indicated that it will seek to reschedule Blinken's visit to the Bank of China if circumstances permit. Only then can we return to orbit; however, if China chooses to play the wronged victim or chooses to retaliate, we may see a return to climbing the tension "escalation" ladder.

According to the "New York Times" report, Ryan Hass, former director of China affairs at the White House National Security Council and now a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in the United States, analyzed, "The overall direction of China's recent diplomatic messages to the United States is to try to reduce tension. , but the spy balloon incident is inconsistent with the overall message and casts doubt on the quality of coordination within the Chinese security system."

He Ruien said that Chinese leader Xi Jinping cannot afford to further deteriorate Sino-US relations. "Blinken's high-profile postponement of his visit to China may cause internal doubts in China about Xi Jinping's ability to handle tensions with the United States"; under Xi Jinping's administration, China After a decade of historic tensions between the United States and the United States, the issue has become a persistent weakness in Xi's performance in power.

The U.S.-China trade war, China's increasing dictatorship and its refusal to condemn Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Beijing's intentional escalation of tensions in the Taiwan Strait after former U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan, etc. have all brought U.S.-China relations to a bottom.

After Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China and President of the People's Republic of China won his third term, he intended to extend the atmosphere after the "Xi-Xi meeting" at the end of last year to improve relations.