Beijing on Thursday expressed anger over what it says was an Indian drone that crashed inside its territory, prompting military officials to declare that the country will defend its national sovereignty against such intrusions.
China and India will resume suspended border talks soon, with top Chinese diplomats set for their first fence-mending visits to India since the military stand-off near the desolate Himalayan frontier.
Four months after defusing Doklam stand-off, India and China have entered into another controversy over India's drone entering into the disputed territory near Sikkim on Friday, where both armies remained face to face for 64- days before returning to their bases.
When asked about supporting India's accession to the Nuclear Supply Group (NSG), the foreign ministry spokesman responded: "Our position on this issue has not changed".
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. "At the same time, the foreign ministers of the three countries will also exchange views on global and regional issues of common concern".
India and China were locked in a 70-day military standoff over work on a road construction in Doklam, an area under China's control but claimed by Bhutan. But the mountainous border remains sensitive for both sides.
Zhang said that Chinese border troops "have conducted identification and verification over the vehicle".
An army statement said the drone crossed over into Chinese territory after a "technical problem" and Chinese soldiers had been alerted in keeping with the "standard protocol". He was quoted as saying that India had violated "China's territorial sovereignty".
The MoD said the Chinese side reverted with the location details of the UAV. The exact cause of the incident is under investigation, the MoD said.
Geng did not spell out when the incident had taken place.