Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Markets | By Rosalie Gross

Indian drone violated airspace, crashed, claims Chinese media

Indian drone violated airspace, crashed, claims Chinese media

"The two top diplomats are expected to sum up the results of the Russian-Chinese strategic cooperation in the outgoing year and exchange views on the RIC (the Russia-India-China format - TASS) issues and some other pressing global issues", she 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 military said in a statement quoted in local media. However, the report didn't specify when and where the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) had entered into China's airspace and what kind of markings the drone had. A Chinese military official, speaking to official news agency Xinhua, did not say that Indian border troops had contacted their Chinese counterparts about the incident and instead struck a more strident note.

China claimed Indian drone had "intruded" its airspace. Dokalam is located in the Sikkim section of the India, China border.

"The 15th meeting of the Russian, Indian and Chinese foreign ministers will take place in New Delhi on December 11".

"China asked the Indian side to stop the activities of the devices near the border and work with China to maintain peace and tranquility of the border areas", Geng added.

"We will fulfil our mission and responsibility and defend China's national sovereignty and security resolutely", Shuili added.

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The defence ministry here said the exact cause of the incident is under investigation.

India and China were recently locked in a standoff in the Dokalam region after Chinese troops began constructing a road near the tri-junction with Bhutan.

"According to our information, Wang will meet with the top officials of India and detailed information will be released in due course", Geng said.

It has also been reported earlier that PLA was slowly starting to increase the number of troops at the border and Beijing has once again started working on its roads and upgrading and widening the existing routes.

Though India may raise the contentious issues, it will highlight the need for joining hands by the three countries to pursue common strategic interests in the region, it is learnt.

The first "seemingly abrupt change" occurred on August 28 when China and India suddenly ended their stand-off, he said.

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