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China says Indian drone violated its airspace, crashed

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

An Indian drone has recently "intruded" into China's airspace and crashed, the Chinese military said today, asserting that the incident infringed upon the territorial sovereignty of the country.

China's Defence Ministry said that the Indian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) crashed into the Chinese side of the border.


The Indian drone "intruded" into China's airspace and crashed recently, and China's border troops have conducted identification and verification over the vehicle, said Zhang Shuili, deputy head of the combat bureau of the Western Theatre Command's joint staff department.

He did not provide the exact location of the crash. Chinese military's western theatre command jurisdiction covers almost all of the 3488-km (LAC), including Tibet's border region with and the region.

"India's move has infringed upon China's territorial sovereignty, and we are strongly dissatisfied with and opposed to this," Zhang was quoted as saying by the state-run Xinhua agency.

"We will fulfil our mission and responsibility and defend China's national sovereignty and security resolutely," he said.

However, there was no immediate response from the Indian Defence Ministry.

The Chinese military's claim came months after and were locked in a standoff in the Dokalam sector after the Chinese troops began constructing a road near the Bhutan trijunction.

The 73-day-long Dokalam standoff ended on August 28 after Chinese troops stopped building a key road close to India's Chicken Neck corridor.

had objected to the construction highlighting its security concerns. The road was being built by the Chinese troops in the area also claimed by Bhutan.

The military's charge comes ahead of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's visit to New Delhi to take part in the Russia-India-(RIC) Foreign Ministers meeting to be held on December 11.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told media here yesterday that Wang will meet top Indian officials on its sidelines.

This will be the first visit by a top Chinese official to after the Dokalam crisis and commencement of second five-year term after Chinese President Xi Jinping.

It is expected to be followed by the 20th round of India-boundary talks in New Delhi between Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, who are the designated Special Representatives.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, December 07 2017. 13:00 IST
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