Indian drone violated airspace, crashed, claims Chinese media

Indian drone violated airspace, crashed, claims Chinese media

Indian drone violated airspace, crashed, claims Chinese media

In a significant diplomatic development after the standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in the Doklam region of Bhutan earlier this year, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will visit India for the Russia-India-China Foreign Ministers' trilateral meeting here next week. The exact cause of the incident is under investigation.

The two countries saw relations worsen this summer when they became locked in a dispute over a Himalayan plateau.

"India's move has infringed upon China's territorial sovereignty, and we are strongly dissatisfied with and opposed to this", Zhang Shuili, deputy head of the combat bureau of the Western Theatre Command's joint staff department, told Xinhua. "The matter is being dealt with in accordance with the established protocols through institutional mechanisms to deal with situations along the India- China border areas", the statement added.

On Thursday, Chinese defence ministry voiced strong dissatisfaction and opposition to the "intrusion by an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) belonging to New Delhi".

"China's border defence 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.

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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.

China claimed Indian drone had "intruded" its airspace. India had objected to the construction highlighting its security concerns.

Wang's visit to New Delhi is expected to be followed by China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi later this month to attend the 20th round of China-India boundary talks.

In September, India's army chief General Bipin Rawat had said that India could not afford to be complacent and must be prepared for war.

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