Indian drone crashes in China

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi and Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov will discuss key strategic issues at a day-long session in New Delhi on December 11

"The Indian UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) intruded into China's airspace and crashed recently, and Chinese border troops have conducted identification and verification over the vehicle", Zhang Shuili, deputy head of the combat bureau of the Western Theater Command's joint staff department, was quoted as saying.

Beijing, Dec 7 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.

While India and Bhutan said that it violated the status quo along the India-Bhutan-China worldwide trijunction, Beijing claimed that it was China's territory. It was previously reported in the media that the RIC meeting was planned for April this year but China's Foreign Minister did not confirm dates owing to China's protests over the Dalai Lama visiting Arunachal Pradesh in the same month. India had intervened on Bhutan's behalf as Chinese building activities threatened "Chicken's Neck"- a narrow strip of land connecting Indian mainland to its northeastern states.

India has yet to respond to China's latest claim. India objected to the construction highlighting its security concerns.

China's Foreign Ministery spokesperson Geng Shuang told media that Wang will hold talks with top Indian officials on sidelines of Russia, India and China (RIC) Foreign Ministers meeting. The road was being built by the Chinese troops in the area which is also claimed by Bhutan.

Recently, on Wednesday, China's Global Times accused India of attempting to influence the United States against China's increasing naval capabilities by projecting the Chinese People Liberation Army (PLA) navy as a direct rival of the Americans.



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