Published On: Wed, May 13th, 2020

India vs China: India deploys fighter jets to Chinese border as tensions soar with Beijing | World | News

The Indian Air Force sent war aircrafts to the border after Chinese military helicopters were spotting flying close to India’s airspace last week, Indian news outlet ANI reports. The contested border known as the Line of Actual Control (LAC) stretches more than 2,500 miles. The LAC, which runs through territories including the disputed Kashmir region, has been a point of conflict between the two nations for decades and triggered a brief war in 1962.

According to the ANI: “The Chinese military helicopters were flying very close to the Line of Actual Control.

“After their movement was picked up, the Indian Air Force fighter jets flew patrols in the area.”

The military flyover is the latest sign of growing discontent between the two world superpowers after skirmishes broke out in the region over the weekend.

Disturbances erupted between Indian and Chinese troops on border patrols on Saturday.

According to India’s Hindustan Times newspaper four Indian soldiers and seven Chinese troops were injured.

It is understood up to 150 military personnel were involved in the incident in the north eastern state of Sikkim.

In a statement the Indian defence ministry said: “Aggressive behaviour by the two sides resulted in minor injuries to troops.

“The two sides disengaged after dialogue and interaction at the local level.”

The Chinese foreign ministry declined to acknowledge the reported incident and insisted it has maintained close communications and coordination over existing channels.

Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said: “Chinese border troops have consistently upheld the peace and tranquillity in its border areas.”

The current coronavirus crisis would have done little to ease tensions between the two nations as Prime Minister Narendra Modi looks set to extend the lockdown on more than 1.3 billion people.

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In an address to the nation, he said the package was equivalent to 10 percent of India’s GDP.

He said: “The package will also focus on land, labour, liquidity and laws.

“It will cater to various sections including cottage industry, medium and small enterprises, labourers, middle class, industries, among others.”

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