Chinese state media on Thursday reported that an Indian drone has invaded the Chinese airspace and crashed on its territory. However, there is no information about when the incident happened and where. Zhag Shuili, the deputy director of the army’s western theatre combat bureau, said China strongly expresses dissatisfaction over India’s move of violating the Chinese airspace and will do everything to protect the sovereignty of the country. Though, India is yet to respond to China’s claim.

“The Indian move violated China’s territorial sovereignty. We strongly express our dissatisfaction and opposition,” Xinhua news agency cited Zhang Shuili, as saying. “We will fulfill our mission and responsibility and defend China’s national sovereignty and security resolutely,” he further said.

The deputy director of the army’s western theatre combat bureau said that Chinese border troops took a “professional and responsible attitude” to carry out the identification verification of the device.

The incident comes ahead of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s visit to India for the Russia-India-China Foreign Ministers’ trilateral meeting on December 11. He will meet top Indian officials in the national capital. This is Wang’s first visit to India after the 73-day military stand-off between Beijing and New Delhi at Doklam.

The two neighbouring countries have recently seen the worst border standoffs in decades. The troops from both the countries were in a face-to-face situation near the Sikkim sector of the international border after the Chinese People’s Liberation Army tried to build a road in Doklam in June. India and China agreed to pullback their troops in August ahead of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s China visit.

(With agency inputs)