Indian and the Chinese sides had special military talks hosted at the Chushul Moldo border meeting point located in Eastern Ladakh, South of Pangong Tso.
This meeting had the Indians raising the issue of airspace violations and provocations by the PLAAF (People’s Liberation Army Airforce) in the last 45 days.
These attempts have been strongly countered by the Indian Airforce for violating the airspace and the confidence-building mandate that says, both sides should fly their aircraft 10kms away from the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on their respective side. The PLAAF has been constantly violating this mandate and in response, the IAF has been scrambling its fighters.
The talks come amid China raising tensions with Japan, the US and Taiwan as the US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan. The Chinese have been conducting military exercises in Taiwan Strait and have fired 5 missiles in Japan’s special economic zone (EEZ).
The talks between both sides have included officers from the army and the airforce. Air Commodore Amit Sharma from the Operations Branch and an equivalent ranked officer from the Chinese PLAAF and the Indian Army was represented by Lt Gen A Sengupta of the Fire and Fury Corps and a Major General ranked officer from the Chinese side.
On 25th June, a J-11 fighter of the PLAAF flew close to a friction point in Eastern Ladakh at around 4 am in the morning and its signatures were detected by radars and men on the ground.
The activities went on for over a month and in response, the IAF scrambled its Mig-29s and Mirage 2000s to intercept the Chinese jets.
Officials from the IAF said that the Chinese were surprised by the strong Indian response and they are ready for any threat on the border.
China uses this strategy of flying warplanes close to their adversaries’ airspaces in order to intimidate and analyze their time and method of response. Lately, it has been violating Taiwan’s Air Defence Identification Zone and the Median Line in order to trigger a response and threaten the Taiwanese armed forces.