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Beijing not happy as Indian drone crashes into 'Chinese territory'

Beijing not happy as Indian drone crashes into 'Chinese territory'

"The Indian UAV intruded into China's airspace and crashed recently, and China's border troops have conducted identification and verification over the vehicle", the Xinhua report quoted deputy head of the combat bureau of the Western Theatre Command's joint staff department, Zhang Shuili, as saying. Tibet which shares a border with India comes under it.

In September, BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit had, for the first time, named Pakistan- based terror groups LeT, JeM and the Haqqani network in its declaration, which was seen as a major diplomatic victory for India.

China claimed Indian drone had "intruded" its airspace.

Even though the Doklam standoff at the India-China border in Sikkim ended amicably, with the nations withdrawing their troops, things still seem to be a tad tense between the two.

"China demands the Indian side stop the close-in operation of its aerial vehicles in the border area and work with China to maintain peace and stability".

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"The Indian media is exaggerating the rise of our naval power, as China has made clear that the development of maritime power is to protect the security of sea lanes". "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", it said.

Observers say Wang's meetings with Indian leaders followed by Yang-Doval talks were expected to throw light on China's policy approach to India in Xi s second term, specially his policy towards neighbours, which he had outlined at the CPC Congress. "We will fulfil our mission and responsibility and defend China's national sovereignty and security resolutely", Zhang said. He said the drone had crashed in the Sikkim section.

"An 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 LAC in the Sikkim Sector", a statement from MoD said.

The loss in communication was due to a technical error, which is being investigated, the statement said, adding that Indian border personnel, following standard protocol, immediately informed their Chinese counterparts.

Chinese military officials said the incident is under investigation.


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