China criticises India over crashed drone on border
Delhi says Beijing was informed about drone that crashed
China expressed “strong dissatisfaction” with India yesterday over the recent crash of an Indian drone in Chinese territory, an incident that could cause more friction along their disputed border.
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 nuclear-armed Asian giants have tried to develop their ties in recent years but there is still deep distrust over their disputed border, which triggered war in 1962.
India yesterday said it had informed China about a drone that crashed in Chinese territory, after Beijing claimed the Indian UAV had “intruded” in its area.
The Defence Ministry in a statement said that the Indian UAV was on a regular training mission inside Indian territory when it lost contact with the ground control due to some technical problem and crossed over the Line of Actual Control in the Sikkim Sector.