India did not behave, drone crashed in Doklam says China

China says Indian drone violated its airspace, crashed

India-China border standoff escalates after drone crash

The unmanned aerial vehicle had "invaded" and "crashed" on the Chinese side of the border, Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a media briefing here.

Chinese border troops identified the device and were dealing with the matter in a "professional and responsible manner", the official Xinhua News Agency cited the deputy chief of the Chinese military's Western Theater Command, Zhang Shuili, as saying.

"China-India relations are at a low point and the resumption of such high-level communications is an important bid to rebuild trust and confidence as top leaders realise that neither country can afford confrontation or even clashes despite their decades-long border disputes, and divergent and often conflicting national interests".

He said China's border defense forces conducted "an inspection of the device", but didn't elaborate.

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The incident took place in the Sikkim sector, where the two countries were engaged in a stand-off June 16 to August 28, close to the India-China-Bhutan tri-junction.

The Global Times in an editorial titled, " India must apologise for drone intervention, " it was said that intrusion took place at the same location where a standoff broke off not too long ago between the Chinese and Indian militaries. The Indian Army had objected to road building by China's People's Liberation Army in Doklam, which is also claimed by Bhutan.

Beijing had lodged a diplomatic protest with India over the violation of its territorial sovereignty.

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

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However, according to the Indian army, the drone had been "deployed on a training mission and has developed a technical problem".

"The action of the Indian side violated China's sovereignty and it's not conducive to the peace and tranquility in the border area".

Despite tensions between the two countries, there is no general ban on Chinese products in India, nor of Indian products in China.

Retired Chinese colonel Yue Gang said India had become more proactive in seeking security alignments with other regional powers, such as Japan and Singapore.

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