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China Says Indian Drone Crashed In Its Territory

10 December, 2017, 04:26 | Author: Melinda Barton
  • China and India are now arguing over a crashed drone near their disputed border

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesmen said: "China, Russia, Foreign Ministers will mainly discuss how to promote pragmatic cooperation among the three parties".

Beijing had lodged a diplomatic protest with India over the violation of its territorial sovereignty.

He said the drone had crashed in the Sikkim section.

"This action by India violated China's territorial sovereignty".

"The intrusion took place at the same location where a standoff broke off not too long ago between the Chinese and Indian militaries. We express strong dissatisfaction and opposition", Xinhua cited Zhang Shuili, a senior military official in China's western battle zone command, as saying.

"Unless it is done, troops on both sides will continue to patrol the area as per their own perception of the LAC, which clashes with the other's perception, leading to claims and counterclaims of transgressions and, quite frequently, stand-offs", he said.

Sources said the drone was an Israeli Heron UAV, and that it crashed on the Chinese side of the border across north Sikkim.

It said the Chinese side responded with its location details.

"The Indian UAV which was on a regular training mission inside the Indian territory lost contact with the ground control due to some technical problem and crossed over the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Sikkim sector".

"China's border defense forces took a professional and responsible attitude in conducting an inspection of the device", Zhang said, adding that the military would "resolutely defend" China's sovereignty and security.

Meanwhile, Yang would head to the Indian capital as a special envoy for border talks with Indian national security adviser Ajit Doval later in the month, Li Bijian, minister counsellor at the Chinese embassy in India, said earlier.

Much of the 3,500-kilometer (2,174-mile) border between China and India is contested.

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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