Drone fell in Doklam: China

Tammy Harvey
December 10, 2017

The trips by Foreign Minister Wang Yi and State Councillor Yang Jiechi - more than three months after the worst border row between the two countries in almost three decades - showed that both Beijing and New Delhi meant to get ties back on track, observers said.

"Since the China-India boundary in the Sikkim sector has been delineated, India has infringed upon China's territorial sovereignty, which has jeopardized peace and stability in the border regions", said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang.

Zhang Shuili, deputy head of the combat bureau of the Western Theatre Command's joint staff department, said the incident took place in "recent days" but did not provide an exact location.

"China-India relations are at a low point and the resumption of such high-level communications is an important bid to rebuild trust and confidence as top leaders realise that neither country can afford confrontation or even clashes despite their decades-long border disputes, and divergent and often conflicting national interests".

"As per standard protocol, the Indian border security personnel immediately alerted their Chinese counterparts to locate the UAV", the statement said.

He said the drone had crashed in the Sikkim section.

Earlier this year Chinese and Indian troops confronted each other near the Sikkim border after India opposed Beijing's attempt to build roads in the disputed Doklam plateau.

Beijing had lodged a diplomatic protest with India over the violation of its territorial sovereignty.

He said the Chinese border troops had taken a "professional and responsible attitude" to verify the device.

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

Weeks after the escalating tensions, which includes heated banters from both sides, the stand-off ended in August when the two countries pulled back their troops. "If a Chinese drone flew into Indian territory due to a technical failure, would India accept an explanation that such an incident was a mere accident?" the editorial asked.

India had objected to the construction highlighting its security concerns.

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