China’s military on Thursday claimed an Indian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) “entered into China’s airspace” and expressed its “strong dissatisfaction and opposition to the intrusion”.
“The Indian UAV intruded into China’s airspace and crashed recently, and China’s border troops have conducted identification and verification over the vehicle,” Zhang Shuili, deputy head of the combat bureau of the Western Theater Command’s joint staff department, told the official Xinhua news agency.
“India’s move has infringed upon China’s territorial sovereignty, and we are strongly dissatisfied with and opposed to this,” Zhang said. “We will fulfill our mission and responsibility and defend China’s national sovereignty and security resolutely”.
The incident comes ahead of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s December 11visit to India.
Both sides have been looking to set ties on track after the August 28 disengagement brought an end to a 72 day stand-off at Doklam.