China says Indian drone violated its airspace, crashed

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An Indian drone violated China´s territorial sovereignty, invading its airspace was crashed, Chinese media reported on Thursday. 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.

"We express strong dissatisfaction and opposition", Xinhua cited Zhang Shuili, a senior military official in China's western battle zone command, as saying. He did not give an exact location.

"India's move has infringed upon China's territorial sovereignty and we are strongly dissatisfied with and opposed to this", he said.

However, there was no immediate response from the Indian Defence Ministry.

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As late as August, India had rushed troops to Doklam Plateau and although an immediate conflict was avoided, heated rhetoric on both sides has soured relations.

The foreign ministers of Russian Federation and China will visit India on December 11 for the much-delayed trilateral meeting, which is expected to review global and regional issues of mutual interest. India objected to the construction highlighting its security concerns.

This will be the first visit by a top Chinese official to India after the Dokalam crisis and commencement of second five-year term after Chinese President Xi Jinping. The road was being built by the Chinese troops in the area also claimed by Bhutan. "The two top diplomats are expected to sum up the results of the Russian-Chinese strategic cooperation in the outgoing year and exchange views on the RIC (the Russia-India-China format - TASS) issues and some other pressing worldwide issues", she said.

China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of South Tibet.

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