China’s PLA intensify activities in middle sector, fresh reports of airspace violations

31 July,New Delhi

China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has heightened its activities in the middle sector alongside the disputed border with India in the hill state of Uttarakhand. There are reports which suggest that the Chinese army had carried out reconnaissance sorties in the Bara Hoti area before actually violating the Indian airspace on July 25.

According to record accessed by UNI, at least six incidents of airspace violation has taken place in this region, with only one recorded this year. There have been reports of over 30 transgressions by the Chinese PLA, including six airspace violations in last three years. This year, five transgressions were recorded which include one air transgression.

The number have come down since last year as total nine transgressions were recorded in 2015. The number was as high as 11 transgressions in 2014 in this sector, which had been largely quiet.After the Opposition Congress raised the heat on the issue, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has clarified in Parliament that an incident of transgression was reported on July 19 which was settled according to well-defined mechanism to settle such transgressions.

“India-China border is not formally demarcated. There are areas where both sides have differing perceptions of LAC. Barhoti (Uttarakhand) is one such area. There was no incursion, just transgression which has been settled. There is a well defined mechanism to settle such transgressions,” Mr Parrikar has told the Lok Sabha.

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