BREAKING NEWS – Beijing, China – The People’s Republic of China is requesting the return of its surveillance aircraft after the balloon was shot down over the continental United States.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning fielded questions about the incident, which dominated news cycles and commanded attention from U.S. politicians.

Asked for additional information regarding the purpose of the spy balloon and reports of similar aircraft making routes through North American and South American airspace, Mao declined.

“The Chinese side has given information about the unmanned airship on several occasions. I don’t have anything to add at the moment,” she stated. “But we want our surveillance aircraft returned to us in the condition it was before it was shot down. We want it to appear to be brand new, with none of America’s duct tape b******t.”