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US-China tensions

Chinese spy balloon did nothing to improve relations: White House

Blinken will seek to reschedule a postponed trip when the time is right

John Kirby, the U.S. National Security Council's coordinator for strategic communications, in January. On Feb. 6, he told reporters that "nobody wants to see conflict here."   © Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The White House on Monday said a suspected Chinese spy balloon's flight over the United States has done nothing to improve already tense relations with Beijing and that top diplomat Antony Blinken will seek to reschedule a postponed trip when the time is right.

"Nobody wants to see conflict here," White House national security spokesperson John Kirby told reporters.

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