Chinese media has reported that an Indian drone crossed the Chinese airspace and crashed on Chinese territory.
Chinese news agency Xinhua quoted Zhang Shuili, the deputy head of the combat bureau of the Western Theater Command’s joint staff department saying “an Indian unknown aerial vehicle (UAV) intruded into China’s airspace and crashed recently, and China’s border troops have conducted identification and verification over the vehicle.”
China urged India to stop flying activities near the border after an Indian drone crashed in the Chinese territory, said a FM spokesperson on Thursday, adding it impairs China's sovereignty integrity, peace and stability in two countries' border region pic.twitter.com/SVt9IuQTCP
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“This action by India violated China’s territorial sovereignty. We express strong dissatisfaction and opposition,” Zhang added.
China and India have been at odds ever since the Doklam standoff between the militaries of China and India.
In June, India opposed Chinese plan to extend a road in Doklam plateau that Bhutan regards as their claim.
India, in support of Bhutanese claim, assembled soldiers’ vis-à-vis the Chinese soldiers that led month’s long standoff between the nuclear powers.
The standoff smelled war after the two sides sounded adamant on their respective claims and denied the removal of the soldiers from the spots.
The tension eased after the Indian side pulled their soldiers back to appease the boiled situation.
The neighboring countries fought a war in 1962 and the bilateral relations between these two had barely been normal.
Zhang Shuili said, “We will fulfill our mission and responsibility and defend China’s national sovereignty and security resolutely.”
India says it immediately informed China when an Indian military drone went astray and crash-landed in Tibet. But India has shied away from demanding that China return the drone. China returned a US underwater drone a year ago only after US escalated the matter politically.
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In response to the Chinese allegations, the Indian side said, “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 [Line of Actual Control] in the Sikkim Sector.”
The Indian Ministry of Defense spokesperson said, “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.”