A Chinese military official said Thursday that China strongly opposes the intrusion of an unmanned Indian aerial vehicle (UAV) into Chinese airspace, with experts calling India's behavior aggressive and that China will not tolerate its hostility.
The Indian UAV entered Chinese airspace and crashed, with Chinese border troops investigating the drone, said Zhang Shuili, deputy head of the combat bureau of the Western Theater Command's joint staff department, the Xinhua News Agency reported.
"India has infringed on China's territorial sovereignty, and we are strongly dissatisfied with and opposed to this," Zhang said.
"We will fulfill our mission and responsibility and defend China's national sovereignty and security resolutely," he noted.
"We don't know how the UAV crashed but there is no denying that India's UAV is now in Chinese territory. Since the People's Liberation Army has evidence of Indian's hostility, India should prepare an explanation," said Song Zhongping, a military expert and TV commentator.
Using UAVs to spy on China is a nasty and cowardly activity, and the Chinese military should not allowed it to happen again, Hu Zhiyong, a research fellow at the Institute of International Relations of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times on Thursday.
"Normally, we have multiple ways to make a UAV crash, including shooting it down or using electronic interference to misguide it. The Chinese military is capable of defending our sovereignty," Song said.