Beyond the ‘balloon watch’ gimmicks the US and China’s relationship is extremely serious

For beach-walking South Carolinians, it would have been quite the Saturday afternoon spectacle. 

Two US fighter jets soaring above them, armed with air-to-air missiles. Then a launch.

From an altitude of 58,000ft, one of the two jets fired a single ‘Sidewinder’ short range missile. It was 2.39pm eastern US time.

Eyewitnesses on the ground in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina,
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