Chinese choppers spotted Near Laddakh Lac; IAF Rushed Fighter Jets To Ladakh Border

Ladakh: After the face-off between the Indian troops and the Chinese troops last week along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) near Sikkim’s Naku La pass, China seems to be planning something on the Ladakh border.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) had to rush its fighter jets to patrol along the LAC in Ladakh after helicopters of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) were seen to be doing rounds near the border. This incident too occurred last week, as the report suggests, around the same time when the scuffle took place between the two troops in North Sikkim.

However, the IAF officials called it a “routine affair”.

The officer said, “On Tuesday also the Chinese military helicopters were flying close to LAC and our planes were also doing routine sortie.” When asked about the aggressive attitude, the officer speaking candidly said, “It is being unnecessarily sensationalised. It is a routine Standard Operating Procedure”

The act of China flying military choppers near LAC is being perceived as a provocation by the Indian military establishment. The LAC, unlike international borders, is not clearly marked. The India-China border dispute covers the 3,488-km-long LAC.

The Indian and Chinese soldiers were involved in scuffles at two occasions in last one week along Line of Actual Control in north Sikkim and Ladakh.

Back in August 2017, Indian and Chinese soldiers threw stones at each other and exchanged blows near Pangong Lake in Ladakh. The clash had aggravated tensions between the two countries as it happened at a time when they were locked in a stand-off in the territory of Doklam in Sikkim.
It took two months to end the stand-off between the forces.

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