Indian drone entered Chinese airspace due to tech fault: MoD

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi and Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov will discuss key strategic issues at a day-long session in New Delhi on December 11

Responding to China's statement that over a drone crashing into Chinese territory, the Ministry of Defence on Thursday issued a statement where they admitted to the incident taking place.

During the RIC meeting, the three foreign ministers will exchange views on major global and regional issues of common concern and deepen trilateral pragmatic cooperation, he said. India, citing concerns about territorial integrity, moved soldiers into the flashpoint zone to halt the work, prompting Beijing to accuse it of trespassing.

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

A joint communique is expected to be released following the meeting.

In November, China criticised a visit by Indian President Ram Nath Kovind to the remote state of Arunachal Pradesh, which China claims, saying China opposed any activities by Indian leaders in disputed areas.

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A Chinese military official, speaking to official news agency Xinhua, did not say that Indian border troops had contacted their Chinese counterparts about the incident and instead struck a more strident note.

Yang has been elevated under Xi's second tenure as he was elected to the CPC's highest policy body, the Politburo.

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

Contentious issues like China's repeated blocking of listing of JeM chief Masood Azhar, Chinese military continuing to keep large troops presence near the site of Doklam standoff even during winter as well as Dollars 50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor were expected to figure in the talks. Army chief Bipin Rawat had said in September that India could not afford to be complacent and must be prepared for war.

It will be the first high-level visit from China to India after the Dokalam standoff.

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