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Defence Ministry Refutes Allegation of Flying Drone in China's Airspace

07 December 2017

China's defence ministry had accused India of violating its airspace and conveyed "dissatisfaction".

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The official Xinhua News Agency on Thursday cited the deputy chief of the Chinese military's Western Theater Command Zhang Shuili as expressing China's "dissatisfaction and opposition" to the intrusion.

China had provided the Indian army with details about where the drone came down and Indian authorities were investigating, Colonel Aman Anand said in a statement.

The matter is being dealt with in accordance with established protocols and through institutional mechanisms that exist for similar situations in the India- China border areas, the statement added.

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Defence Ministry Refutes Allegation of Flying Drone in China's Airspace