New Delhi: Chinese fighter jets are continuing efforts to provoke the Indian forces stationed in eastern Ladakh as they are flying close to the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on multiple occasions.
The provocation efforts by the Chinese side are being continued despite the matter being raised at the Corps Commander level talks.
Chinese aircraft have been regularly flying close to the LAC over the past three to four weeks, which is being seen as an effort to check Indian defence mechanisms in the region. Indian Air Force (IAF) is responding to the situation responsibly and is not taking any chances to tackle the threat as well as not letting the matter escalate in any way.
"Chinese fighter jets, including J-11, are flying close to the LAC. Cases of violation of the 10 km Confidence Building Major (CBM) line have been reported in this area in recent days," the government sources told IANS
As per the sources, the IAF has taken strong measures to respond to these provocations as it has moved its most powerful fighter jets, including the MiG-29 and Mirage 2000, to advanced bases from where they can respond to Chinese movements within minutes.
It seems that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) is tense over the upgradation of IAF infrastructure in the Ladakh region, they added.
Sources further said that the IAF is responding to these actions in a "calibrated manner" and is also monitoring Chinese flight patterns in the area where they are flying at both low and high altitudes.
India is working at a brisk pace to upgrade its military infrastructure in Ladakh after China tried to unilaterally change the status quo on the LAC in the April-May 2020 time frame.
The provocation by Chinese fighter jets began around June 24-25 when a Chinese fighter jet flew very close to a point of friction in eastern Ladakh.
After that, there were several CBM violations between the two sides on the LAC near Chumar sector and this has been going on since then, they asserted, adding that the IAF, including its Rafale fighter jets, is also doing extensive flying in the eastern Ladakh region. —IANS