China protests India's drone 'intrusion' near border

Lucy Hill
December 10, 2017

Indian border guards alerted their Chinese counterparts about the drone soon afterwards, an Indian army spokesman said.

An MoD spokesperson said, "The matter is being dealt with in accordance with the established protocols through institutional mechanisms to deal with situations along the India-China border areas". "At the same time, the foreign ministers of the three countries will also exchange views on global and regional issues of common concern".

China's defense ministry expressed its "dissatisfaction and opposition" Thursday over the crash of an Indian unmanned aerial vehicle inside Chinese territory, the latest in a series of border incidents between the regional rivals.

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

Zhang said that Chinese border troops "have conducted identification and verification over the vehicle".

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Despite tensions between the two countries, there is no general ban on Chinese products in India, nor of Indian products in China. Zhang said his country would defend its national sovereignty against such intrusions.

The Chinese have reverted with the location details of the UAV.

The UAV was on a regular training mission inside Indian territory when it lost contact with ground control and crossed over to the LAC in the Sikkim sector, the Indian statement further said.

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.

His meeting with Mr Wang on Friday assumed significance as the Chinese foreign minister is scheduled to leave for New Delhi to attend the Russia-India-China (RIC) foreign ministers' meeting to be held there on December 11.

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