China claims Indian drone invaded airspace, New Delhi says Beijing was informed

The Chinese military has claimed that an Indian drone invaded China's airspace before it crash-landed near a disputed border region.

The newly-created Western Theater Command is the largest of the five military divisions in China.

The Defence Ministry in a statement said that the Indian UAV was on a regular training mission inside Indian territory when it lost contact with the ground control due to some technical problem and crossed over the Line of Actual Control in the Sikkim Sector.

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.

Geng did not specify when the drone crashed, but said it had occurred "recently". The northeastern Indian state of Sikkim borders China via Tibet, as well as Bhutan and Nepal.

"The matter is being dealt with in accordance with the established protocols through institutional mechanisms to deal with situations along the India-China border areas", the military statement added.

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The Chinese side got back with the location details of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, the Defence Ministry said.

The armies of India and China were engaged in a 73-day-long standoff in Dokalm after Indian troops stopped Chinese soldiers from building a key road in the area.

India and China were recently locked in a standoff in the Dokalam after Chinese troops began constructing a road near the Bhutan trijunction.

It has also been reported earlier that PLA was slowly starting to increase the number of troops at the border and Beijing has once again started working on its roads and upgrading and widening the existing routes. There are no new developments at the face-off site and its vicinity since the August 28 disengagement.

The diplomat added that the parties would discuss coordination of efforts within the UN, BRICS (that involves Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the G20, the East Asia Summit (EAS) and the ASEAN Regional Security Forum. It is expected to be followed by the 20th round of India-China boundary talks in New Delhi between Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, who are the designated Special Representatives.

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