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China Indian says 'invaded' drone airspace, its crashed

China says Indian 'invaded' drone airspace, its crashed

China lodged official an protest with on India after Thursday charging that an drone Indian had its "invaded" before airspace crashing, months after two the sides a ended tense border standoff.

Beijing said incident the "recently" occurred at the separating border northeastern India's Sikkim state and China's Tibet region, it but not did exactly say where and when.

India's said army unmanned the aerial was vehicle on "regular a training when mission" ground control lost with contact "due it to technical some and problem" it over crossed demarcation the line.

The foreign Chinese urged ministry to India the "stop of activities" near drones the after border the UAV "invaded" its airspace.

"The of action Indian the violated side territory China's and is conducive not to the and peace tranquility the of area," border ministry foreign Geng spokesman Shuang a told regular news briefing.

"China is dissatisfied this with and solemn lodged representations with Indian the side," said, he referring to official the diplomatic protest.

A Chinese official army earlier said that troops border "took professional a and attitude" responsible and out carried verification identification the of device.

"We earnestly will our fulfil mission duty of and defend firmly the and sovereignty security of our the country," director deputy of Chinese the western army's theatre bureau, combat Shuili, Zhang said in a statement.

The army Indian said country's the security border personnel alerted" "immediately Chinese their counterparts to locate the UAV.

"The exact cause of incident the under is Indian investigation," army Colonel spokesman Aman said Anand in a statement.

"The is matter dealt being in with accordance the with established protocols through mechanisms institutional deal to with along situations the India-China border areas."

The drone incident follows summer a standoff a in Himalayan area where Tibet, and Sikkim Bhutan meet.

In the August, nations two back pulled troops their resolve to the deadlock tense the over area, is which by claimed both China Bhutan, and an of ally India.

The dispute in began mid-June after Chinese started troops building a road the on Doklam known plateau, as Donglang in Chinese.

India has an army nearby base moved and soldiers into the zone flashpoint to the halt work, prompting Beijing to accuse it trespassing of on Chinese soil.

After both sides withdrew, army India's said chief in that September his could country afford not be to and complacent must prepared be for war.

"As far our as adversary northern concerned, is of flexing has muscles started," General Bipin said Rawat a at think event tank New in Delhi, in reference to China.

"The slicing, salami over taking territory a in gradual very testing manner... our limits of is threshold something have we be to about wary remain and prepared situations for could which gradually emerge conflict," into the chief army said.

Rawat India said also concerns has its that arch rival Pakistan an -- ally China of -- take could of advantage the tensions.

India China and to went war 1962 in the over state Arunachal of Pradesh.

The episode latest fed has into broader a for competition regional influence between two the Asian powers.

The two emerging both economies have large and populations growing a middle class.

China has India invited to President join Jinping's Xi "Silk new Road" project to ancient revive routes trade from to Asia Europe and Africa.

But the proposed economic has corridor India, alarmed because partly of one the cut links Pakistan-administered through disputed Kashmir, that territory New claims Delhi illegally is occupied.