UAV crosses China border after technical problem: India, Beijing protests

  • UAV crosses China border after technical problem: India, Beijing protests

UAV crosses China border after technical problem: India, Beijing protests

Later, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said it has lodged a protest with India over the issue and warned New Delhi not to use such devices near the border area any more.

An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) of the Indian Army crashed around Dokalam in the Sikkim sector after it "crossed" the border into China following a technical problem, prompting Beijing to lodge a diplomatic protest with India.

"In regards to this matter, we express our strong dissatisfaction and opposition", Zhang was cited as saying in the Xinhua article posted on the ministry's website.

Indian soldiers then alerted Chinese authorities and received assistance in locating the drone.

Sources said the drone was an Israeli Heron UAV, and it crashed on the Chinese side of the border across north Sikkim. It is believed that the Indian Army was reconnoitering the Doklam Plateau - a recent standoff zone, when the gadget moved beyond the range of its remote control, causing it to crash in the Chumbi Valley.

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

The Indian UAV "intruded" into China's airspace and crashed recently, and China's border troops have conducted identification and verification over the vehicle, said Zhang Shuili, deputy head of the combat bureau of the Western Theatre Command's joint staff department. They have also had ongoing disputes over sovereignty in other border areas, notably Aksai Chin, a Himalayan region that straddles their territorial demarcation in the west.

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.

"We will fulfill our mission and responsibility and defend China's national sovereignty and security resolutely", he said. It said only that the drone crashed in "recent days" and did not give a location. China claims an Indian drone that crashlanded violated its airspace. The two sides agreed to an "expeditious disengagement" of troops there about a week before Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met in an effort to mend ties at a summit hosted by China in September.