China voices strong opposition to airspace ‘intrusion’ by Indian UAV

07 December 2017

The Chinese military has voiced strong opposition to what it described as an “intrusion” of an Indian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) into Chinese airspace, according to a 7 December report by the state-owned Xinhua news agency.

“The Indian UAV intruded into China’s airspace and crashed … and China’s border troops have conducted identification and verification of the vehicle,” Zhang Shuili, deputy head of the combat bureau of the Western Theatre Command’s joint staff department, was quoted by Xinhua as saying.

“India’s move has infringed upon China’s territorial sovereignty, and we are strongly dissatisfied with and opposed to this,” Zhang stated, adding that the incident took place “recently”.

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