China Says Indian Drone Crashed Found in Its Territory
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Months after a good tense standoff between China and India along their Himalayan border, Beijing on Thursday expressed anger in a great Indian drone that crashed inside its territory.
“This step by India violated China’s territorial sovereignty. We express strong dissatisfaction and opposition,” Xinhua cited Zhang Shuili, a senior armed service established in China’s western challenge zone order, as saying.
China said the drone crashed in “recent days” but didn’t tell you where. Zhang explained his country would defend its nationwide sovereignty against such intrusions.
He said China’s border defense forces conducted “a great inspection of these devices,” but didn’t elaborate.
India has not taken care of immediately the charge.
Although both countries have made movements toward warmer relations recently, they also have an extended history of border tensions. In 1962, they fought a brief, but inconclusive border conflict. They have also possessed ongoing disputes over sovereignty in other border areas, notably Aksai Chin, a Himalayan region that straddles their territorial demarcation in the west.
The two countries have also long been at odds over India’s hosting of Tibet’s government-in-exile and their spiritual head, the Dalai Lama, considered by China to be subversive because of his demands Tibetan independence.
Beginning in June this season, tensions flared again above a disputed region named the Doklam Plateau that borders China, Bhutan and the Indian state of Sikkim.
As NPR’s Julie McCarthy reported from New Delhi in July, the problems stemmed from China’s engineering of a highway in Doklam Plateau. “Not really far from the plateau lies the narrow passage that connects India’s northeast says with the rest of the country – a strategic link named the Siliguri Corridor but additionally known as the “Chicken’s Throat.” Any opportunity of China being able to sever that “throat” unnerves India.
As late as August, India had rushed troops to Doklam Plateau and even though an immediate conflict was first avoided, heated rhetoric about both sides has soured relations.
In September, India’s army chief said that his country “cannot afford to be complacent and must be ready for war,” according to The Hindustan Times.
And, in November China took umbrage in Indian President Ram Nath Kovind’s go to to the remote state of Arunachal Pradesh, which China as well claims, Reuters reports.