China Claims Indian Drone Invaded Airspace, New Delhi Says Beijing Was Informed

Dianna Christensen
December 10, 2017

China said Thursday an Indian drone "intruded" into its airspace and crashed in the Sikkim sector which includes Dokalam, prompting Beijing to lodge a diplomatic protest with India over the violation of China's territorial sovereignty.

India's new ambassador to China Gautam Bambawale on Friday called on Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi ahead of his visit to New Delhi to attend the RIC ministers' meet as well as hold crucial talks with top Indian officials.

Zhang Shuili, deputy head of the combat bureau of the Western Theatre Command's joint staff department, said the incident took place in "recent days" but did not provide an exact location.

Amidst the drone fiasco, both China and India's relations seem to worsen over the course of this summer, when they became locked in a dispute over a region in the Himalayan plateau.

In its diplomatic protest to India, "China asked the Indian side to stop the activities of the devices near the border and work with China to maintain peace and tranquility of the border areas", he said.

"I want to point out that the Sikkim section of the China India border has been delimited", he said, in an apparent reference to the 1890 China-British Treaty.

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

Although Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed at a meeting in September to advance bilateral ties and leave the Doklam row behind them, tensions continue to simmer along the border months after the disengagement of troops on the plateau, known as Donglang in Chinese.

Indeed, China appears to have monitored India with drones in the Himalayas for many years.

India's Heron unmanned aerial vehicle went missing about two weeks ago over an area about 20 km from the Indian border inside Doklam, the site of the 73-day-long stand-off between the Indian and Chinese armies.

India had objected to the construction highlighting its security concerns.

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