Fifth UFO Spotted, This Time Over China

Another cylindrical UFO has appeared, this time over China.

By Phillip Moyer | Updated

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Fantasy depiction of a UFO

There are a lot of strange floating objects in the air these days, and we don’t know what they are — technically making them UFOs (though probably not aliens). Following a controversy surrounding a suspected Chinese spy balloon floating above the United States, the U.S. shot down two other flying objects of unknown origin, and a fourth object was reported over Mexico. Now, the Chinese state media outlet Global Times reports that a UFO is floating over China, and the Chinese government is promising to shoot it down. 

In a since-deleted tweet by the outlet’s official Twitter account, Global Times reported the presence of a UFO in east China’s Shandong province, near the city of Rizhao. The media outlet claimed that China sent messages to fishermen in the area telling them to stay safe and that the government was preparing to knock the unknown object out of the sky. There’s no information about whether China has launched its attack on the UFO yet.

The Global Times tweet included a screenshot of a Chinese-language announcement about the UFO. The announcement gave the UFO’s exact location: 120’51” east, 35’37″north. In addition to warning fishermen, the announcement asks fishermen to take pictures, collect evidence, and assist with the salvage of the balloon if it falls near their fishing boat.


The presence of this new UFO, along with China’s willingness to shoot it down, points to deteriorating international relationships with China. While the original tweet didn’t claim that any outside entity was responsible for the UFO, the order to shoot the object down indicates that the Chinese government may fear hostile intent, possibly from a foreign government.

The United States has, in recent days, retaliated against the original UFO (the alleged Chinese spy balloon) by blacklisting six Chinese entities from receiving U.S. technology. The commerce department stated that these companies, which are all tied to the Chinese aerospace industry, have supported China’s military and reconnaissance activities. Now, any U.S. company that wants to do business with the blacklisted companies has to apply for a license from the Bureau of Industry and Security — a license that the Department of Commerce says they will probably deny.

There is no more confirmed information about the UFO, and all existing information comes from a deleted tweet that has only survived thanks to screenshots. With no reports of any launched Chinese fighters or other weapons, it’s unclear whether China has even attempted to shoot the UFO down following its initial report. It’s entirely possible that the object was a false alarm — which might explain why Global Times deleted its tweet so soon after it was initially posted.

There’s another, non-UFO-based phenomenon that has been spotted in the sky as well — a phenomenon that has also been linked to China. The video has been spreading about lasers being pointed directly at Hawaii from space — reportedly originating from a Chinese satellite. The lasers were harmless, and the satellite was reportedly an atmospheric monitoring satellite, but during a tie of increased tensions between the U.S. and China, the visual of confirmed Chinese space lasers over U.S. territory is … ill-timed, to say the least.