India admits its drone lost contact and crossed into China

Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj will host in the 15th RIC foreign ministerial meeting in New Delhi on 11 December 2017

Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj will host in the 15th RIC foreign ministerial meeting in New Delhi on 11 December 2017

An Indian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) did cross the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and entered Chinese airspace in the Sikkim sector, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said, confirming a Chinese military claim made earlier today. Exact cause of the incident is under investigation.

On sidelines of Russia, India and China (RIC) Foreign Ministers meeting, he will hold talks with top Indian officials, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told the media here.

The two countries saw relations worsen this summer when they became locked in a dispute over a Himalayan plateau.

Indian and Chinese troops confronted each other between June and August this year - at one stage even resorting to scuffling and throwing stones - on a remote plateau near the borders of India, its ally Bhutan, and China, in the most serious and prolonged standoff in decades. "The matter is being dealt with in accordance with the established protocols through institutional mechanisms to deal with situations along the India- China border areas", the statement further read. "We strongly express our dissatisfaction and opposition", the deputy director of the Chinese army's western theatre combat bureau, Zhang Shuili, said in a statement.

"We will fulfil our mission and responsibility and defend China's national sovereignty and security resolutely", he said.

China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of South Tibet. India, citing concerns about territorial integrity, moved soldiers into the flashpoint zone to halt the work, prompting Beijing to accuse it of trespassing.

Wang's visit to Delhi is regarded significant as it would set tone for President Xi Jinping's policy approach to India in his second term as the head of the ruling Communist Party of China.

In September, India's army chief General Bipin Rawat had said that India could not afford to be complacent and must be prepared for war.

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