UAV crashes in Chi­nese ter­ri­tory

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In re­sponse, the In­dian side said, “An In­dian UAV which was on a reg­u­lar train­ing mis­sion in­side the In­dian ter­ri­tory lost con­tact with the ground con­trol due to some tech­ni­cal prob­lem and crossed over the LAC in the Sikkim Sec­tor.”

The MoD said the Chi­nese side re­verted with the lo­ca­tion de­tails of the UAV. The ex­act cause of the in­ci­dent is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

An MoD spokesper­son said, “The mat­ter is be­ing dealt with in ac­cor­dance with the es­tab­lished proto- cols through in­sti­tu­tional mech­a­nisms to deal with sit­u­a­tions along the In­dia-China bor­der areas.”

The in­ci­dent comes just days ahead of Chi­nese For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi’s visit to In­dia for the De­cem­ber 11 meet­ing of Rus­sia-In­di­aChina for­eign min­is­ters.

The lat­est de­vel­op­ment is also a set­back to the ef­forts by both sides to re­pair the bi­lat­eral ties in the wake of the 72-day stand­off be­tween the mil­i­taries at Dok­lam. The con­fronta­tion was re­solved on Au­gust 28.

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