Chinese Media Claims Indian Drone Invaded China's Airspace, Violated 'Territorial Sovereignty'

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Wang will take part in the RIC Foreign Ministers' meeting on December 11, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told media briefing here today. The source said the drone had gone missing earlier this week, but the exact date of the incident was not revealed.

In September, BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit had, for the first time, named Pakistan- based terror groups LeT, JeM and the Haqqani network in its declaration, which was seen as a major diplomatic victory for India. The Chinese military's claim came months after India and China were locked in a standoff in the Dokalam sector after the Chinese troops began constructing a road near the Bhutan trijunction.

Contentious issues like China's repeated blocking of listing of JeM chief Masood Azhar, Chinese military continuing to keep large troops presence near the site of Doklam standoff even during winter as well as Dollars 50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor were expected to figure in the talks. However, the report didn't specify when and where the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) had entered into China's airspace and what kind of markings the drone had.

Recently, on Wednesday, China's Global Times accused India of attempting to influence the United States against China's increasing naval capabilities by projecting the Chinese People Liberation Army (PLA) navy as a direct rival of the Americans.

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"The action of the Indian side violated China's sovereignty and it's not conducive to the peace and tranquility in the border area".

"The Indian media is exaggerating the rise of our naval power, as China has made clear that the development of maritime power is to protect the security of sea lanes. Matter being dealt with in accordance with established protocols", the defence ministry added.

Zhang said that Chinese border troops "have conducted identification and verification over the vehicle".

Shuili added: "We will fulfill our mission and responsibility and defend China's national sovereignty and security resolutely". He said the drone had crashed in the Sikkim section. 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.

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