Indian drone crashes after entering Chinese airspace

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China has expressed "strong dissatisfaction and opposition" over an Indian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)'s alleged "intrusion" into its territory.

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.

India has not responded to the charge.

Indian and Chinese troops were in a face-to-face situation near the Sikkim sector of the global border after the Chinese People's Liberation Army tried to build a road in Doklam in mid-June. In 1962, they fought a brief, but inconclusive border conflict.

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The two countries have also always been at odds over India's hosting of Tibet's government-in-exile and their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, considered by China to be subversive because of his calls for Tibetan independence.

Tension between China and India has been simmering for months.

In June, July and August, Indian and Chinese troops had been confronting each other at the Doklam plateau.

But India opposes the proposed economic corridor claiming one of the links cut through a disputed territory.

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Last week, the People Liberation Army (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.

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.

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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