Indian airspace violation: China calls for peace on border

"The Chinese military carries out regular patrolling in the relevant areas". However, the action was defended by China, which asserted that India and China have a territorial dispute in the eastern section of their boundary and the Chinese military carry out regular patrolling in the relevant areas.

The issue of Chinese troops being active along the Uttarakhand border was raised a year ago too when the then CM Harish Rawat made a statement about the People's Liberation Army having transgressed the Barahoti area. The Indian Air Force is probing the incident.

Superintendent of Police (SP) Chamoli Tripti Bhatt told ANI, "The helicopter violated Indian airspace for over three to five minutes". "This is unacceptable. We will take it up with China", Sushma Swaraj, India's Minister for External Affairs, said in New Delhi. The choppers were identified as the Zhiba series of attack helicopters.

Confirming the incident, Chamoli superintendent of police (SP) Tripti Bhatt said, "Two helicopters flew over Badahoti area at the Sino-India worldwide border for about three minutes during the morning hours on Saturday".

Swaraj also spoke about India's opposition to China's One Belt, One Road project, in which Pakistan is a stakeholder.

China has made claims in this area and some transgressions were seen in the past. We are not asking them to put pressure on China, but use its good offices. I am happy that when (OBOR) meet took place, several nations put forth the same concerns.

Giving Russia's example, she said Moscow feels that India should be a part of the NSG and UN Security Council. "We have reiterated it several times that Kashmir is an integral part of India. It will not affect China's position on Kashmir", she added.

  • Leroy Wright