Thursday, 14 December, 2017

Chinese Media Claims Indian Drone Invaded China's Airspace, Violated 'Territorial Sovereignty'

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi and Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov will discuss key strategic issues at a day-long session in New Delhi on December 11 Lavrov to meet with Indian, Chinese top diplomats on December 11
Sammy Stanley | 07 December, 2017, 09:58

"India's move has infringed upon China's territorial sovereignty and we are strongly dissatisfied with and opposed to this".

China's military on Thursday claimed an Indian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) "entered into China's airspace" and expressed its "strong dissatisfaction and opposition to the intrusion".

In remarks carried widely by state media outlets, Mr Zhang said Chinese border forces had conducted "verifications" of the alleged drone. The impasse ended on August 28 after Chinese troops stopped building a key road close to India's Chicken Neck corridor.

India has yet to respond to China's latest claim. India had objected to the construction highlighting its security concerns.

Wang's visit is regarded significant as it is first by a top Chinese official to India after the Doklam standoff which strained ties between the two neighbours.

Pentagon signals open-ended troop commitment in Syria
He said the USA -led coalition would continue to apply "continuous pressure on the terrorist networks wherever they operate". The Pentagon first announced plans to revise the number on August 31, when they unveiled a higher troop count in Afghanistan.

The external affairs ministry said Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will visit India for the trilateral.

The diplomat added that the parties would discuss coordination of efforts within the UN, BRICS (that involves Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the G20, the East Asia Summit (EAS) and the ASEAN Regional Security Forum.

China's accusation comes months after the two countries ended one of their worst border standoffs in decades in the disputed Doklam region near Indian state Sikkim.

China said the drone crashed in "recent days" but didn't say where.

From India to Vietnam, Singapore, South Korea and the South China Sea, China is recalibrating neighbourhood policy during Xi s second tenure, Wang Xiangwei, former Chief-Editor of Hong Kong-based South China Morning post, said.

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