China alleges Indian drone invaded its airspace, crashed across the border

Indian drone crashes after entering Chinese airspace

The army statement was released from Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province and the headquarters of the PLA's western theatre command.

"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. 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.

India is likely to push for naming Pakistan-based terror groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e- Mohammed in the communique to be adopted at the Russia-India- China (RIC) trilateral meeting here on Monday, citing a similar move by the BRICS grouping.

The incident took place in the Sikkim sector, where the two countries were engaged in a stand-off from June 16 to August 28, close to the India-China-Bhutan tri-junction.

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And it looks like the defence officials are aware of these China-Pakistan-made bunkers as sources told India Today that Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has already visited these areas quite a few times to study the situation and see how prepared the forces are to handle an emergency. He said that the Indian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) "intruded into China's airspace and crashed recently, and China's border troops have conducted identification and verification over the vehicle".

China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said: "Recently an Indian unmanned aircraft invaded China's airspace and crashed in the Sikkim section of China-India border. 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.

Chinese authorities have not given exact location of the crash site.

The "intrusion" comes days before Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's December 11 visit to India, where such issues along with the Doklam standoff is likely to be discussed. The road was being built by the Chinese troops in the area also claimed by Bhutan. Wang will arrive in India on December 10.

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