India admits its drone lost contact and crossed into China

Responding to China’s statement that over a drone crashing into Chinese territory, the Ministry of Defence on Thursday issued a statement where they admitted to the incident taking place.
“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. As per standard protocol, the Indian border security personnel immediately alerted their Chinese counterparts to locate the UAV. In response, the Chinese side reverted with the location details of the UAV. The exact cause of the incident is under investigation. 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 Ministry of Defence said in a statement
Earlier, Beijing expressed "strong dissatisfaction" with New Delhi on Thursday after 'recent crash' of the drone in its territory.
Beijing also said that the 'incident' that could cause further friction along the two countries' disputed border.
"This action by India violated China's territorial sovereignty. We express strong dissatisfaction and opposition," said Zhang Shuili, a senior military official in China's western battle zone command, according to a Defence Ministry statement.
"China's border defence forces took a professional and responsible attitude in conducting an inspection of the device," Zhang said, adding that the military would resolutely defend national sovereignty and security.
It said only that the drone crashed in "recent days" and did not give a location.
The drone report comes months after the border stand-off near Doklam in Sikkim sector..
In June, July and August, Indian and Chinese troops had been confronting each other at the Doklam plateau .
The two sides agreed to an "expeditious disengagement" of troops there about a week before Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met in an effort to mend ties at a summit hosted by China in September.
In November, China again 'criticised' a visit by President Ram Nath Kovind to Arunachal Pradesh, which China claims, saying China opposed any activities by Indian leaders in disputed areas.
Article Type:  Report Sections:  India Authors:  DNA Web Team Agencies:  DNA webdesk Cities:  Mumbai Tags:  India China Sikkim drone Dokalam Dokalam standoff Ministry of Defence Thu, 7 Dec 2017-12:53pm Date updated:  Thursday, 7 December 2017 - 12:55pm Article Images: 

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