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China Claims Indian Drone Invaded Airspace, New Delhi Says Beijing Was Informed

10 December 2017

India and China are still at odds over the border's location following the 1962 Sino-Indian War. "At the same time, the foreign ministers of the three countries will also exchange views on worldwide and regional issues of common concern".

The Indian drone "intruded" into China's airspace and crashed recently, and China's border troops have conducted identification and verification over the vehicle, said Zhang Shuili, deputy head of the combat bureau of the Western Theatre Command's joint staff department. But the mountainous border remains sensitive for both sides.

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. He was quoted as saying that India had violated "China's territorial sovereignty".

The Chinese have reverted with the location details of the UAV. Zhang said his country would defend its national sovereignty against such intrusions.

In response, 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 in the Sikkim Sector". The source said the drone went missing earlier this week, but the exact date of the incident was not revealed.

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Army spokesperson Col Aman Anand said the incident was being investigated.

In June, Donald Trump authorized sales of two dozen maritime reconnaissance drones to India-with an estimated price tag of $3 billion-to help counter China's growing influence in the Indian Ocean.

Wang will attend a trilateral meeting with his counterparts from India and Russian Federation in Delhi on Monday to discuss "major global and regional issues of common interest and trilateral practical cooperation".

Asked if the incident will have a negative impact on the bilateral meet, Geng said: "I think Foreign Minister Wang Yi's visit's goal is to attend the foreign ministers' meeting".

China Claims Indian Drone Invaded Airspace, New Delhi Says Beijing Was Informed