Today the Chinese military claimed an Indian Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) entered into China’s airspace. The UAV is said to have crashed after crossing the Chinese border.
The Western Theater Command’s Deputy head of the Combat Bureau Zhang Shuili said, “The Indian UAV intruded into China’s airspace and crashed recently, and China’s border troops have conducted identification and verification over the vehicle.”
“India’s move has infringed upon China’s territorial sovereignty, and we are strongly dissatisfied with and opposed to this,” Zhang added. “We will fulfil our mission and responsibility and defend China’s national sovereignty and security resolutely,” he further added.
Zhang Shuili, however, did not give the details about when or where the incident happened. The Indian Defence Ministry has not given any response yet.
This incident happened just months after the neighbours ended their worst border standoff in decades. In August, India and China pulled back their troops to resolve a tense deadlock. Doklam plateau in the Sikkim sector where the Chinese troops started constructing a road was the centre of tension.
The Chinese troops started constructing a road near the Bhutan Trijunction. India opposed this construction highlighting its security concerns. China and Bhutan are competing for their claims on the plateau, and India supports Bhutan.