China defends PLA choppers entering Indian airspace
China has defended PLA Monday helicopters in the Barahoti region in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, indicating that India and China had a territorial dispute in the eastern border area and that Chinese military conduct regular patrols in the Areas concerned.
While details can be obtained from the Ministry of Defense, “in principle, China and India have territorial disputes in the eastern border area between China and India,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying, media Of communication when asked about reports that PLA helicopters had violated Indian airspace Saturday.
“The Chinese army conducts regular patrols in the areas in question,” said Mr. Hua. “We hope both sides will make joint efforts to maintain peace and quiet in the border areas.”
Two helicopters of the People’s Liberation Army of China flew Chamoli district Saturday, raising concern in the security system of India in the fourth PLA raid in the airspace of India since March this year.
Official sources in New Delhi said the helicopters, which returned to the Chinese side after about five minutes, could be made aerial photographs of the Indian ground troops on what was possibly a reconnaissance mission.
The helicopters have been identified as the series of Zhiba attack helicopters.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) is investigating the incident.
Previously, Chinese helicopters had entered 4.5 kilometers into the territory of India, a region that China claims as its own and recognizes Wu-I.
Barahoti is one of three border posts in the area, such as Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand where ITBP jawans are not allowed to carry arms and are dressed in civilian clothes under a unilateral decision taken by the central government in June 2000 .
In 1958, India and China classify Barahoti, a pasture slope of 80 square kilometers, as a disputed area, where both sides send their troops. In the war between India and China, in 1962, the PLA is not introduced into the middle area of 545 km, 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 way, in which the gun barrel was placed down.
During the protracted negotiations on settlement of border conflicts, the Indian side had unilaterally decided in June 2000 that ITBP troops would not carry arms in three positions: Barahoti, Kauril Shipki and Himachal Pradesh.
The border dispute between India and China, covers the actual control line (ALC) of 3488 km long. While China claims Arunachal Pradesh in the eastern part as southern Tibet, India claims that the conflict covers the region of Aksai Chin, which was occupied by China during the War of 1962.