Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Money | By Charlene Sutton

Chinese gov't protests Indian drone 'intrusion,' crash

Chinese gov't protests Indian drone 'intrusion,' crash

Earlier on Thursday morning, China said the entry of the drone had violated its territorial sovereignty.

Beijing then went on to say that the People's Liberation Army had identified and conducted a verification of the drone.

"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 (Line of Actual Control) in the Sikkim Sector", the Indian military said in a statement quoted in local media.

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The Indian border security personnel immediately alerted their Chinese counterparts over the missing UAV, it said.

China Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang expressed dissatisfaction over the crash of the unmanned arial vehicle on Thursday, and said Chinese officials verified its identity. However, the report didn't specify when and where the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) had entered into China's airspace and what kind of markings the drone had.

The world's two most populous countries are addressing the issue in accordance with established protocols; through institutional mechanisms set up to address situations that occur along the India-China border. The northeastern Indian state of Sikkim borders China via Tibet, as well as Bhutan and Nepal. "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.

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