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India and China have maintained dialogue through diplomatic and military channels to resolve differences in remaining areas. Representative Image (image:file)

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New Delhi: A special round of military talks was held on Tuesday at the Chushul-Moldo border meeting point in eastern Ladakh to discuss airspace violations and provocations by the Chinese side in the area in the last 45 days between India and China.

The talks came after the Indian Air Force responded harshly to Chinese attempts at provocations in the eastern Ladakh sector by violating airspace and resisting a line of measurement that led both sides to fly fighter jets within 10 kilometers of the LAC.

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Government sources said, “During the military talks, the Indian side strongly objected to the Chinese aerial activities that have been going on for over a month near the eastern Ladakh sector and asked to refrain from such provocative activities. ANI.

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The talks also come at a time when China has strained relations with several countries, including the United States, following a high-profile American visit to Taiwan and the firing of ballistic missiles into Japan’s exclusive economic zone.

Air force officials from both sides were also involved in the talks, along with army representatives.

The Indian Air Force was represented by Air Commodore Amit Sharma of the Operations Wing while an officer of equivalent rank from the People’s Liberation Army Air Force came for the discussion.

The Major General rank officer represented the Indian Army under the Fire and Fury Corps commanded by Lt Gen A Sengupta, sources said.

The Chinese have been complaining that the Indian Air Force is improving its ability to detect Chinese Air Force aircraft operating in areas under its control in Tibet. A J-11 fighter jet flew close to the friction point in eastern Ladakh around 4 am and was picked up by both ground and radar.

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Chinese operations in front of the Chumar region continued for over a month and the Indian Air Force retaliated strongly by shooting down fighter jets including Mirage 2000 and MiG-29 from their forward bases near the Ladakh region.

Sources said China did not expect such a strong response from the IAF, which was prepared to deal with any possible mishap by the PLAAF.

At this time, the IAF was keeping a close watch on its air movements and was taking precautions to ensure there was no escalation in ground matters, he said.

In an interview to ANI a few weeks ago, IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Choudhary had said, “Whenever we find that Chinese aircraft or Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) are coming too close to the LAC, we take appropriate action. Solution by scrambling our fighters or putting our systems on high alert. This has deterred them to a great extent,” the IAF chief said.

Air force elements of both the countries are now likely to be part of discussions between the two countries at the Corps Commander level in the future as well.

India and China have held 16 rounds of Corps Commander-level talks between them to defuse the situation and de-escalate tensions that started after China tried to change its position on the LAC in 2020.

So far, the discussions led by the Fire and Fury Corps Commander on the Indian side have representatives from the ITBP and the Ministry of External Affairs.

The two sides have been able to resolve the three friction points in eastern Ladakh and are in talks to find a solution for the hot springs area as well.

The Chinese are only discussing border dispute issues that arose after May 2020 and refuse to discuss heritage issues.

The Indian Air Force has improved its search. The Ladakh sector also has capabilities along the China border but needs further strengthening of its network and coverage to closely monitor PLAAF activities near Indian territory.

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