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The US shoots down a Chinese spy balloon and the memes are flying in quick and fast

The balloon was allegedly designed by the People's Republic of China  "in an attempt to observe strategic sites in the continental United States," says US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.

The US shoots down a Chinese spy balloon and the memes are flying in quick and fast
Cover Image Source: Twitter / Paul Rudnick

The Chinese spy balloon that had been flying over the country's airspace was taken down by a US military fighter aircraft as it was floating beyond the shores of South Carolina and across the Atlantic Ocean. The balloon was allegedly designed by the People's Republic of China "in an attempt to observe strategic sites in the continental United States," says the US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, adding that the military shot down the balloon at the request of President Joe Biden. According to Buzzfeed News, during a call with a Chinese foreign affairs official, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he "made clear that the presence of this surveillance balloon in the US airspace is a clear violation of the US sovereignty and international law."

The balloon was a "high-altitude surveillance balloon" that entered continental airspace near Idaho on Tuesday before floating across Montana. However, the Chinese officials stated that the balloon was a civilian airship with "mainly meteorological purposes" that accidentally happened to loom over the US. It still isn't clear what data the spy balloon retained while flying over the country. However, Twitter users are making the most out of this situation and producing thousands of memes in honor of shooting down the balloon.

1. Rest In Peace, Balloon.



 

 

2. Good Swing, Man!



 

 

3. Not Another One



 

 

4. CEO Has Spoken



 

 

5. Aw, A Love Balloon



 

 

6. Boss Baby



 

 

7. Oh Goddammit!



 

 

8. Got A Baseball Bat?



 

 

9. A Little Too Down



 

 

10. Gone Too Soon



 

 

11. Was It A Girl?



 

 

12. Made In China



 

 

13. Thoughts And Prayers



 

 

14. We Just Want To Talk, Sir.



 

 

15. Oh, This Ain't So Bad 

 

16. And Chinese Rice-Crackers



 

 

17. Unsung Hero



 

 

18. Long-Distance Relationship



 

 

19. A Long Journey



 

 

20. Your Food Is Here



 

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