Defence minister welcomes warships home to B.C., highlights Pacific defence strategy

National Defence Minister Anita Anand, right, at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt on Dec. 5, 2022. (CTV News) National Defence Minister Anita Anand, right, at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt on Dec. 5, 2022. (CTV News)

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U.S. downs Chinese balloon, drawing a threat from China

The U.S. military on Saturday shot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon off the Carolina coast after it traversed sensitive military sites across North America. China insisted the flyover was an accident involving a civilian aircraft and threatened repercussions.