Chinese military protests 'intrusion' of an Indian drone

Thursday, 07 Dec, 2017

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will travel to New Delhi to attend the meeting of Russia, India and China (RIC) Foreign Ministers on December 10 and hold talks with top Indian officials, his office announced on Wednesday. "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 worldwide issues", she said.

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.

Earlier this year, troops from the two countries were locked in a 72-day stand-off in the disputed Doklam plateau, a region that lies on the border between the state of Sikkim in India, Bhutan's Ha Valley and Tibet's Chumbi Valley. India objected to the construction highlighting its security concerns. Wang's visit would the first high-level trip by a Chinese official to India after the Dokalam standoff.

According to Zakharova, the Russian and Chinese foreign ministers will also have a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the event.

"We believe under the joint efforts of the three parties, this meeting will achieve expected outcomes", he said ahead of the 15th RIC meeting.

Chinese state media has alleged that an Indian drone invaded its airspace and crashed "recently" without specifying when the incident took place.

Wang would be gracing an India-China cultural evening being organised at Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra.