China Says Indian Drone Crashed In Its Territory

China Says Indian Drone Crashed In Its Territory

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the country has lodged a diplomatic protest to India over the drone violating Chinese sovereignty.

India had clarified on Friday that the unmanned aerial vehicle crossed over to the Sino-India border after it lost touch with ground control and crashed. "At the same time, the foreign ministers of the three countries will also exchange views on global and regional issues of common concern".

In an advisory sent to troops at the end of November, Indian authorities warned soldiers that Chinese apps transmit user data back to servers located in China, and the Chinese government may use data collected by these services to pinpoint their location across the border.

Reports coming from Zhang Shuili, deputy director of the western theatre combat bureau, said that the incident took place recently.

In remarks carried widely by state media outlets, Zhang stated that the Chinese border forces had conducted "verifications" with regards to the drone.

"Unless it is done, troops on both sides will continue to patrol the area as per their own perception of the LAC, which clashes with the other's perception, leading to claims and counterclaims of transgressions and, quite frequently, stand-offs", he said.

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The Indian army said the drone had been deployed on a training mission and developed a technical problem. "We will earnestly carry out our duty and resolutely defend our country's sovereignty and security". The source said the drone went missing earlier this week, but the exact date of the incident was not revealed.

He said further details can be obtained from the Chinese military.

"These actions show India's provocative attitude and China has the full right to respond as it sees fit based on the results of the investigation", the editorial also said.

Much of the 3,500-kilometer (2,174-mile) border between China and India is contested.

The strong reaction from China also comes days ahead of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's visit to India for the Russia, India and China Foreign Ministers meeting.

Geng did not spell out when the incident had taken place.

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