Published: Mon, December 11, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

China says Indian drone violated its airspace, crashed

China says Indian drone violated its airspace, crashed

In 2013, India voiced suspicions of Chinese drone activities, which Beijing denied, in the border area. Beijing lodged "solemn representations" with India, and asked it to stop flying drones near the border, foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said during a regular briefing (link in Chinese). "The Chinese border troops took professional and responsible attitude and verified the device".

"The action of the Indian side violated China's sovereignty and it's not conducive to the peace and tranquility in the border area".

On Thursday, China said an Indian drone "invaded" its airspace before crashing on its side of the border, prompting Beijing to lodge protests with India.

Beijing was also uneasy about India's plan to intensify surveillance and build as many as 50 more outposts and 25 roads near the border, including a 150km road in Uttarakhand in the central sector, which has largely remained peaceful over the years.

Mohan Guruswamy, chairman of the Centre for Policy Alternatives Society, an Indian think tank, said the three-way mechanism, initiated in 2002, had been largely dominated by bilateral issues between China and India, despite initial expectations from Delhi for it to become a powerful voice on the global stage.

India and China are still at odds over the border's location following the 1962 Sino-Indian War. "We express strong dissatisfaction and opposition", Xinhua cited Zhang Shuili, a senior military official in China's western battle zone command, as saying.

He said further details can be obtained from the Chinese military. "We will. defend China's national sovereignty and security resolutely", he said.

"The exact cause of the incident is under investigation".

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 arrive in India Dec. 10.

Geng did not spell out when the incident had taken place.

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