Date: June 5, 2017
New Delhi: China has defended the intrusion of Indian air space in Barahoti region of
Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district, saying India and China have a territorial dispute in the eastern section of the boundary and the Chinese military carry out regular patrolling in the relevant areas.
“In principle China and India have territorial disputes in the eastern section of the China-India border,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told the media when asked its military helicopters violating Indian airspace on Saturday.
The choppers were identified as the Zhiba series of attack helicopters.
“The Chinese military carry out regular patrolling in the relevant areas. We hope that the two sides will make joint efforts to maintain tranquillity and peace in the border areas,” Hua said.
Two helicopters of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China hovered over Chamoli district on Saturday, triggering concern in India’s security establishment about the PLA’s fourth such incursion into Indian airspace since March this year, PTI reported.