Indian drone 'intrudes' into China's airspace, 'crashes': Chinese Military

Russia deputy foreign minister Sergey Ryabkov

"The Indian UAV intruded into China's airspace and crashed recently, and China's border troops have conducted identification and verification over the vehicle", Zhang Shuili, deputy head of the combat bureau of the Western Theater Command's joint staff department, told the official Xinhua news agency.

"We strongly express our dissatisfaction and opposition".

There were media reports then that Wang had put off his visit to India to protest New Delhi's decision to allow the Dalai Lama to travel to Arunachal Pradesh. India had objected to the construction highlighting its security concerns. "The two top diplomats are expected to sum up the results of the Russian-Chinese strategic cooperation in the outgoing year and exchange views on the RIC (the Russia-India-China format - TASS) issues and some other pressing global issues", she said. The road was being built by the Chinese troops in the area also claimed by Bhutan.

Last week, the PLA said it had the right to deploy troops as it saw fit in Doklam, which China claims but India and Bhutan see as Bhutanese.

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Observers say Wang's meetings with Indian leaders followed by Yang-Doval talks were expected to throw light on China's policy approach to India in Xi s second term, specially his policy towards neighbours, which he had outlined at the CPC Congress.

Recently, on Wednesday, China's Global Times accused India of attempting to influence the U.S. against China's increasing naval capabilities by projecting the Chinese People Liberation Army (PLA) navy as a direct rival of the Americans.

Although the two countries have made moves toward warmer relations in recent years, they also have a long history of border tensions.

It will be the first high-level visit from China to India after the Dokalam standoff.

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