We can get the naughty Chinese folks back. Earth geology makes it easier for them though. Interestingly, balloons seem to tend to stay in the general latitude region they start from. I think of the colored gas bands on Jupiter.
Check this out. I did a hindcast the other day using the HYSPLIT model, from a mouse-clicked point in Michigan to see how Beijing could get my own state. Balloon path hindcast also originates right in Beijing but does a great job circumnavigating the globe.
Reader beng135, left a link to this site. I grabbed the image below of the jet stream at 500hPa. It is not too hard to see where the Beijing balloon will end up.
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“About that Chinese “weather” balloon…”
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Looks like that was declared an “assault balloon” and confiscated before she got to the SOTU