Foreign ministers of China, Russia to visit India on Dec 11

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will pay a visit to New Delhi on December 11 for talks with his Indian and Chinese counterparts Sushma Swaraj and Wang Yi, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday.

After the weeks of confrontation on the wind-swept Doklam plateau this year, the two sides agreed to an "expeditious disengagement" of troops about a week before Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met in an effort to mend ties at a summit in China in September. Exact cause of the incident is under investigation.

While India and Bhutan said that it violated the status quo along the India-Bhutan-China global trijunction, Beijing claimed that it was China's territory.

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"The Indian UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) intruded into China's airspace and crashed recently, and Chinese border troops have conducted identification and verification over the vehicle", Zhang Shuili, deputy head of the combat bureau of the Western Theater Command's joint staff department, was quoted as saying.

Earlier, Beijing expressed "strong dissatisfaction" with New Delhi on Thursday after "recent crash" of the drone in its territory. "The matter is being dealt with in accordance with the established protocols through institutional mechanisms to deal with situations along the India- China border areas", the statement further read.

The Chinese military's claim came months after India and China were locked in a standoff in the Dokalam sector after the Chinese troops began constructing a road near the Bhutan trijunction.

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China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of South Tibet. India had objected to the construction highlighting its security concerns.

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