China Claims Indian Drone "Invaded Airspace in Crash"

10 December, 2017, 04:21 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • China and India are now arguing over a crashed drone near their disputed border

China Thursday said an Indian drone had recently "intruded" into its airspace and crashed in the Sikkim sector, prompting it to lodge a diplomatic protest to India over the violation of China's territorial sovereignty.

The Chinese military or the ministry of foreign affairs have not said clearly as yet where the drone had crossed over.

Anand said Indian border security personnel immediately alerted their Chinese counterparts and said India was investigating the exact cause of the incident.

China's defense ministry said in a statement the Indian drone had crashed in "recent days" but it did not give a location. "At the same time, the foreign ministers of the three countries will also exchange views on global and regional issues of common concern".

Earlier this year Chinese and Indian troops confronted each other near the Sikkim border after India opposed Beijing's attempt to build roads in the disputed Doklam plateau.

"Recently an Indian Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, (UAV) invaded China's airspace and crashed in the Sikkim section of China-India border", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a media briefing here.

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The allegations were also quoted by Xinhua news agency, saying that the falling of the drone has "violated China's territorial sovereignty".

Zhang said that Chinese border troops "have conducted identification and verification over the vehicle".

India, however, said that the Chinese side was informed after the drone strayed into their territory.

Weeks after the escalating tensions, which includes heated banters from both sides, the stand-off ended in August when the two countries pulled back their troops.

It said the Chinese side responded with its location details. "If a Chinese drone flew into Indian territory due to a technical failure, would India accept an explanation that such an incident was a mere accident?"

Asked if the incident will have a negative impact on the bilateral meet, Geng said: "I think Foreign Minister Wang Yi's visit's goal is to attend the foreign ministers' meeting".

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