According to the Global Times, citing another Chinese military expert, the US actions are technically like "shooting a mosquito with a cannon" and are not only excessive but also impractical.

Using an advanced stealth fighter and a missile to intercept a balloon is "too costly," he said.

On February 4, the US military shot down a Chinese balloon.

China called such a move excessive.

According to the Pentagon, the balloon was used to monitor US strategic facilities.