An Indian unmanned drone trespassed the Chinese state and allegedly invaded China’s airspace before crashing, the claim has been made by the Chinese state media today. However, the media didn’t mention the location of the drone and its specification.
On the other hand, about the claim of Chinese media, the Indian Army said that the drone or the UAV was in training mission and wandered off into the territory of China. The army said that the protocol was followed and in fact, it was the Indian side who informed the Chinese about the incident.
As per the reports of China’s Xinhua news agency that cited Zhang Shuili, the deputy director of the army’s western theatre combat bureau, “The Indian move violated China’s territorial sovereignty. We strongly express our dissatisfaction and opposition.”
The deputy director Zhang added, “Chinese border troops took a professional and responsible attitude and carried out identification verification of the device.”
The line of Actual Control (LAC) that is in Ladakh and in Arunachal Pradesh as well adjoining the regions of Bhutan is one of the main disputed terrain areas between India and China.
However, to the Chinese claims, the Indian responsible authority has not reacted till yet. Government’s reaction over the issue is dependent on whether the said drone was a civilian vehicle or a military equipment that wandered off into the territory of China just by mistake.
Back in August, to resolve the tensed deadlock situation over the Himalayan plateau part which is claimed by both Bhutan and China, the troops of both the nations have been pulled back by the nations.
The Indian Army stated: “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 mechanism to deal with the situation along the India-China border areas.”