China crit­i­cises In­dia over crashed drone on bor­der

Delhi says Beijing was in­formed about drone that crashed

Gulf News - - India -

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.

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