India did not behave, drone crashed in Doklam says China

Ivan Schwartz
December 10, 2017

New Delhi attributed it to a technical problem with an unmanned aerial vehicle that was on a routine training mission.

The Chinese foreign ministry earlier said he is due to hold talks with top Indian officials on the sidelines.

Indian army spokesperson, Colonel Aman Anand, told reporters that they had lost control of the drone, which then crossed into Chinese airspace.

Dokalam is located in the Sikkim section of the India, China border.

He said the Chinese border troops had taken a "professional and responsible attitude" to verify the device.

Four months after defusing Doklam stand-off, India and China have entered into another controversy over India's drone entering into the disputed territory near Sikkim on Friday, where both armies remained face to face for 64- days before returning to their bases.

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"The action of the Indian side violated China's sovereignty and it is not conducive to the peace and tranquillity of the border area and China is dissatisfied with this and lodged solemn representation with the Indian side", Geng said.

"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.

In remarks carried widely by state media outlets, Zhang stated that the Chinese border forces had conducted "verifications" with regards to the drone. Zhang said his country would defend its national sovereignty against such intrusions.

Observers also said the visits of Wang and Yang to India were the first since Xi was confirmed as China's strongest leader in decades and his pet trade and infrastructure plan, known as the "Belt and Road Initiative", was enshrined in the Communist Party's constitution.

Sources said the drone was an Israeli Heron UAV, and that it crashed on the Chinese side of the border across north Sikkim. They alerted their Chinese counterparts soon after, he added.

It said the Chinese side responded with its location details.

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