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China says Indian drone entered its airspace, crashed

China says Indian drone entered its airspace, crashed

Tibet which shares a border with India comes under it. India will go through diplomatic channels and ask for return of the drone.

China has claimed that an Indian drone "invaded" its airspace before crashing across the Sino-Indian western border.

The 73-day stand-off ended in August with troops of both nations pulling back their troops from the disputed territory claimed by both Bhutan and China.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will attend the Russia-India-China (RIC) foreign ministers' trilateral meeting next week in New Delhi where he will also hold talks with top Indian officials, the first high-level dialogue after President Xi Jinping commenced his second term.

"The action of the Indian side violated China's sovereignty and it's not conducive to the peace and tranquility in the border area. The matter is being dealt with in accordance with the established protocol through institutional mechanisms to deal with situations along the India-China border areas", the statement said.

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

"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. 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. "We will fulfil our mission and responsibility and defend China's national sovereignty and security resolutely", he added. saying, without giving details about when or where the incident happened. The source said the drone had gone missing earlier this week, but the exact date of the incident was not revealed.

"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", a statement from MoD said.

"As per standard protocol, the Indian border security personnel immediately alerted their Chinese counterparts to locate the UAV", the statement said.

There has been no immediate response to the Chinese allegation from India.