China expressed "strong dissatisfaction" with India today after the recent crash of an Indian drone in what the Chinese military said was Chinese territory, an incident that could cause further friction along the two countries' disputed border.
Pakistan-based terror groups are likely to find a mention in the communique to be adopted at the Russia-India-China (RIC) trilateral meeting on Monday, a news report said. The department's jurisdiction includes areas on China's border with India and Bhutan. "We will fulfil our mission and responsibility and defend China's national sovereignty and security resolutely", he added. saying, without giving details about when or where the incident happened.
Geng did not specify when the drone crashed, but said it had occurred "recently".
There has been no immediate response to the Chinese allegation from India. Dokalam is located in the Sikkim section of the India, China border. India and China were locked in a 73-day-long standoff at Doklam, an area claimed by both Bhutan and China. The 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.
The standoff began in mid-June after Chinese troops started building a road on the remote Doka La plateau. India had objected to the construction highlighting its security concerns.
"According to our information, Wang will meet with the top officials of India and detailed information will be released in due course", Geng said.
It has also been reported earlier that PLA was slowly starting to increase the number of troops at the border and Beijing has once again started working on its roads and upgrading and widening the existing routes.
Wang's visit to Delhi is regarded significant as it would set tone for President Xi Jinping's policy approach to India in his second term as the head of the ruling Communist Party of China.
Wang's visit to New Delhi is expected to be followed by China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi later this month to attend the 20th round of China-India boundary talks.
It may also allay apprehension about joining the proposed quadrilateral coalition with Japan, Australia and the USA, which was seen as a move to counter China.