China says Indian drone violated its airspace, crashed

Pauline Gross
December 8, 2017

An Indian drone has recently "intruded" into China's airspace and crashed, the Chinese military said today, asserting that the incident infringed upon the territorial sovereignty of the country. "The exact cause of the incident is under investigation", the Defence Ministry said.

An Indian drone crossed over the nation's border with China and crashed into in the Sikkim sector, triggering Bejing to protest the intrusion.

Sources in Delhi said on Thursday that the Indian security forces in Nathu La immediately informed the Chinese army over the hotline about the UAV's technical problem and crossing the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

It further said, "As per standard protocol, the Indian border security personnel immediately alerted their Chinese counterparts to locate the UAV". The two sides agreed to an "expeditious disengagement" of troops there about a week before Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met in an effort to mend ties at a summit hosted by China in September.

Zhang did not give details about when or where the incident happened. Later, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said it has lodged a protest with India over the issue and warned New Delhi not to use such devices near the border area any more.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told media here yesterday that Wang will meet top Indian officials on its sidelines.

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The 73-day-long standoff ended on 28 August after Chinese troops stopped building a key road close to India's Chicken Neck corridor.

Starting in June this year, tensions flared again over a disputed region called the Doklam Plateau that borders China, Bhutan and the Indian state of Sikkim. "We strongly express our dissatisfaction and opposition", deputy director of the army's western theatre combat bureau, Zhang Shuili, said in a statement.

China said the drone crashed in "recent days" but didn't say where.

The Chinese military's western theatre command jurisdiction covers nearly all of the LAC and including Tibet's border region with India and the Ladakh region.

China has claimed that an Indian drone "invaded" its airspace before crashing across the Sino-Indian western border.

"The Indian move violated China's territorial sovereignty".

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