China defends PLA choppers entering Indian airspace

Official sources in New Delhi said the choppers, which returned to the Chinese side after about five minutes, could have carried out aerial photography of Indian ground troops during what was possibly a reconnaissance mission.

By: PTI | Beijing | Published:June 5, 2017 4:17 pm
chinese choppers, indian air force, indian airspace, PLA choppers The Indian Air Force (IAF) is probing the incident.

China on Monday defended PLA helicopters hovering over Barahoti region of Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district, saying India and China have a territorial dispute in the eastern section of their boundary and the Chinese military carry out regular patrolling in the relevant areas. While the details can be obtained from the Ministry of Defence, “in principle China and India have territorial disputes in the eastern section of the China-India border”, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told the media when asked about reports that PLA helicopters violated Indian airspace on Saturday.

“The Chinese military carry out regular patrolling in the relevant areas. We hope that the two sides will make joint efforts to maintain tranquillity and peace in the border areas,” Hua said.

Two helicopters of the People’s Liberation Army of China hovered over Chamoli district on Saturday, triggering concern in India’s security establishment about the PLA’s fourth such incursion into Indian airspace since March this year.

Official sources in New Delhi said the choppers, which returned to the Chinese side after about five minutes, could have carried out aerial photography of Indian ground troops during what was possibly a reconnaissance mission.

The choppers were identified as the Zhiba series of attack helicopters. The Indian Air Force (IAF) is probing the incident.

On previous occasions, Chinese helicopters had entered 4.5 kilometres into Indian territory, an area that China claims as its own and recognises as Wu-Je.

Barahoti is one of three border posts in the sector, comprising Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, where ITBP jawans are not allowed to carry weapons and are in civilian clothes under a unilateral decision taken by the Central government in June 2000.

In 1958, India and China listed Barahoti, an 80-sq-km sloping pasture, as a disputed area where neither side would send their troops. In the 1962 India-China war, the PLA did not enter the 545-km middle sector, focusing on the Western (Ladakh) and Eastern (Arunachal Pradesh) sectors.

However, after the 1962 war, ITBP jawans patrolled the area with weapons in a non-combative manner, under which the barrel of the gun is positioned downward.

During prolonged negotiations on resolving border disputes, the Indian side had unilaterally decided in June 2000 that ITBP troops would not be carrying arms to three posts — Barahoti, Kauril and Shipki in Himachal Pradesh.

The India-China border dispute covers the 3,488 km long Line of Actual Control (LAC). While China claims Arunachal Pradesh in the Eastern Section as Southern Tibet, India asserts that the dispute covered Aksai Chin area which was occupied by China during 1962 war.

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    Bert Brech
    Jun 19, 2017 at 1:12 pm
    The Chinese are the most dangerous enemies of India and India had better wake up to that fact before it is too late.
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      Ajmer Singh Randhawa
      Jun 6, 2017 at 7:59 am
      Itsa challange to sovereignity of Indiabut the nation which could never get back its 800000 Squire kms area forcefully occupied by China since 1962 in North east region (NEFA), how could it stop china from further aggression? The nationis more concerned about beef eating, civil war with minorities, er on the internal disputes, it can't focus to give a be ed reply to China. It can only blame stan for its all wrong doings.
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        bitterhoney
        Jun 6, 2017 at 4:48 am
        Get ready to shoot down any aircraft violating Indian air space, moreover conduct surgical strikes in order to deter any future violations.
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          Kumar
          Jun 6, 2017 at 12:35 am
          Buy and use goods made only in India and send planes & helicopters routinely to the disputed border areas that they are claiming
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            Love Others
            Jun 6, 2017 at 12:07 am
            Bharat have only one option to win this kind of war. Make your country economic hub. Richer the country means powerful country. a. Do business small or big b. Pay tax so gov have money c. Do export d. Love your neighbors and stranger. Care about every being their. e. Keep unity not matter what. There is no north or east or west or south. All is one Bharat f. Final be rational in thinking and do not follow politician or religious leaders blindly. They are twin brothers. Thank you
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              Bert Brech
              Jun 5, 2017 at 11:24 pm
              Shoot down the Chinese whenever they intrude. Have Indians got any gut?
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                sangos
                Jun 5, 2017 at 10:44 pm
                Fly some in Aksai chin..."relevant areas"
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                  Raj Parwani
                  Jun 5, 2017 at 8:22 pm
                  Trump is turning USA into a regional power, Russia is heavily dependent on China, China is control Muslim Central Asia and Eurasia with the help of Pa-istan Shanghai Cooperative Council, no wonder China feels embolden, after encirc India from west to East and erting it's control in South China sea and Indian Ocean (via Gawader) now china is putting pressure from the north too. While Modi was day dreaming about isolating Pa-istan China already encircled India. Modi you cannot defend India from outside and are Hindutwa idealogy is breaking India from inside, India's political situation is contributing towards Chinese domination of the world.
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                    Bhadrapati Devi
                    Jun 5, 2017 at 9:02 pm
                    Are you happy humiliating situation of India from aggressive warring neighbours? IAF should at least fire some missile against the intruded copter. China is testing tolerance level of India in view of India abstained from OBOR initiative of China.
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                      Raj Parwani
                      Jun 5, 2017 at 10:02 pm
                      No Indian could be happy with this situation but this is the natural consequence of India bullish foreign and security policies. So far India is being bullish to it's own Kashmiri population and almost to every neighbour and then tried to overshadow it's neighbour China by flirting with America, which is thousands of miles away and has proved itself completely unreliable in the past. If India wants a brighter future and a say in Asia and the world it should start negotiating with it's neighbours and Kashmiris and stop looking towards USA to help it to overshadow China.
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