An Indian drone has recently “intruded” into China’s airspace and crashed, the Chinese military said on Thursday, asserting that the incident infringed upon the territorial sovereignty of the country.
China’s Defence Ministry said that the Indian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) crashed into the Chinese side of the border.
The Indian drone “intruded” into China’s airspace and crashed recently, and China’s border troops have conducted identification and verification over the vehicle, said Zhang Shuili, deputy head of the combat bureau of the Western Theatre Command’s joint staff department.
He did not provide the exact location of the crash.
Chinese military’s western theatre command jurisdiction covers almost all of the 3488-km Line of Actual Control (LAC), including Tibet’s border region with India and the Ladakh region.
“India’s move has infringed upon China’s territorial sovereignty, and we are strongly dissatisfied with and opposed to this,” Mr. Zhang was quoted as saying by the state-run Xinhua news agency.
“We will fulfil our mission and responsibility and defend China’s national sovereignty and security resolutely,” he said.
However, there was no immediate response from the Indian Defence Ministry.