The two aircrafts were believed to have hovered for around five minutes along the Indian airspace. According to data from the army and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), China’s Peoples’ Liberation Army (PLA) has violated Indian airspace at least five times in the first three months this year.
These five took place in the sensitive Depsang sector of Ladakh (J&K) and the Barahoti plains (Uttarakhand). Overall, the PLA has made 45 transgressions in 2018. Ladakh’s Trig Heights and Depsang valley are of immense strategic importance to India, thereby eliciting aggressive patrolling by the Chinese troops along the border.
But the Chinese fancy the world’s highest active airstrip, the Daulat Beg Oldi airfield, that falls in Ladakh and has long been successful in thwarting unwarranted incursions along the border. Read More