Doklam detente over? Indian drone 'invaded' our airspace, says China

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He added that troops of China's army showed professional and responsible attitude and identified the device, which is usually used for spying.

"We express strong dissatisfaction and opposition", said Zhang Shuili, a senior military official in China's western battle zone command, according to a Defence Ministry statement. He did not give an exact location. Chinese military's western theatre command jurisdiction covers nearly all of the 3488-km Line of Actual Control (LAC), including Tibet's border region with India and the Ladakh region.

"This action by India violated China's territorial sovereignty".

"We will fulfil our mission and responsibility and defend China's national sovereignty and security resolutely".

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China and Bhutan have competing claims on the plateau, and India supports Bhutan's claim.

In a first visit of a high-level Chinese official to India since the Doklam standoff, Beijing's Foreign Minister Wang Yi will travel to New Delhi to attend the Russia, India and China (RIC) Foreign Ministers' meeting. The impasse ended on August 28 after Chinese troops stopped building a key road close to India's Chicken Neck corridor. India objected to the construction highlighting its security concerns.

In November, China again "criticised" a visit by President Ram Nath Kovind to Arunachal Pradesh, which China claims, saying China opposed any activities by Indian leaders in disputed areas. "The two top diplomats are expected to sum up the results of the Russian-Chinese strategic cooperation in the outgoing year and exchange views on the RIC (the Russia-India-China format - TASS) issues and some other pressing global issues", she said.