Amid tensions build-up across LAC, IAF Chief visits forward areas in Ladakh
The Chief of the Indian Air Force, Air Chief Marshal V R Chaudhari, visited Leh. This visit is significant as it comes amid tensions over build-up by the Chinese across the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh.
This was Air Chief Marshal Chaudhari’s maiden visit after taking over as the IAF chief earlier this month.
The Air Chief Marshal reviewed the deployment of aircrafts at the forward locations in Ladakh amid China rejecting the border dispute resolution proposal.
The Chinese PLAF has increased its presence at three Airfields across the Line of Actual Control across Eastern Ladakh.
Chaudhari visited the Air Force Station at Leh and Indian Air Force deployments at forward areas in the Northern Sector on Saturday, officials from the force said.
He took stock of the operational readiness of units and interacted with the personnel stationed at the airbase and units on deployment.
He had said, “China is developing Airfield with aircraft but flying from high altitude is a weak area.”
Two days after Indian Air Force Day, India and China military held talks to end the border dispute, but it did not result in the resolution of the remaining areas with the Chinese not agreeing to “constructive suggestions” provided by the Indian delegation.
Furthermore, the Chinese could not provide any forward-looking proposals. “The meeting thus did not result in resolution of the remaining areas,” the Indian Army had said in a statement.
The 13th round of the India-China Corps Commander Level Meeting was held at the Chushul-Moldo border meeting point on October 10, 2021.
During the meeting, the discussions between the two sides focussed on the resolution of the remaining issues along the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh.
India had decided to resolve other remaining friction areas like Hot Springs and 900 square km Depsang plains during the 13th round of military talks.
The Indian side pointed out that the “situation along the Line of Actual Control had been caused by unilateral attempts of the Chinese side to alter the status quo and in violation of the bilateral agreements.”
It was, therefore, necessary that the Chinese side take appropriate steps in the remaining areas so as to restore peace and tranquillity along the Line of Actual Control in the Western Sector.
During the meeting, the Indian side, therefore, made constructive suggestions for resolving the remaining areas, but the Chinese side was not agreeable and also could not provide any forward-looking proposals.
The two sides have agreed to maintain communications and also to maintain stability on the ground.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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