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Chinese military claims Indian drone 'invaded airspace and crashed'

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India-China Talks A man walks inside a conference room used for meetings between military commanders of China and India, at the Indian side of the Indo-China border at Bumla, in Arunachal Pradesh, November 11, 2009. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files

Beijing: 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.

China's Defense Ministry said that the Indian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) crashed into the Chinese side of the border.

The Indian drone "intruded" into China's airspace and crashed recently, and China's border troops have conducted identification and verification over the vehicle, said Zhang Shuili, deputy head of the combat bureau of the Western Theater Command's joint staff department.

He did not provide the exact location of the crash. Chinese military's Western Theater Command jurisdiction covers almost all of the 3488-km Line of Actual Control (LAC), including Tibet's border region with India and the Ladakh region.

"India's move has infringed upon China's territorial sovereignty, and we are strongly dissatisfied with and opposed to this," Zhang was quoted as saying by the state-run Xinhua news agency.

"We will fulfill our mission and responsibility and defend China's national sovereignty and security resolutely," he said.

However, there was no immediate response from the Indian Defense Ministry.

The Chinese military's claim came months after India and China were locked in a standoff in the Dokalam sector after the Chinese troops began constructing a road near the Bhutan tri-junction.

The 73-day-long Dokalam standoff ended on August 28 after Chinese troops stopped building a key road close to India's Chicken Neck corridor.

India had objected to the construction highlighting its security concerns. The road was being built by the Chinese troops in the area also claimed by Bhutan.

The military's charge comes ahead of Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi's visit to New Delhi to take part in the Russia-India-China (RIC) Foreign Ministers meeting to be held on December 11.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told media here yesterday that Wang will meet top Indian officials on its sidelines.

This will be the first visit by a top Chinese official to India after the Dokalam crisis and commencement of second five-year term after Chinese president Xi Jinping.

It is expected to be followed by the 20th round of India-China boundary talks in New Delhi between Chinese state councilor Yang Jiechi and national security advisor Ajit Doval, who are the designated special representatives.

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