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PLA tried to change LAC, rebuffed by Indian Army, says Rajnath Singh

Two years after the deadly clash at Galwan in Ladakh, the Indian Army and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China clashed again at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) this time at Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh Image Courtesy PTI

New Delhi: Briefing Parliament on Tuesday on China’s recent attempted encroachment on the LAC in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh, the Defense Minister claimed that the Indian army had successfully repelled the PLA.

“On December 9, in the Yangtze River area of ​​Tawang Sector, China’s PLA troops encroached and attempted to change the status quo at LAC. This attempt was approached by our Indian Army troops with determination. Our troops bravely prevented the PLA from encroaching on our territory and forced them back to their posts,” said Rajnath Singh.

“In this confrontation, few soldiers on both sides were injured. I would like to tell this House that none of our soldiers died or suffered serious injuries. Due to the timely intervention of Indian military commanders, the PLA soldiers have retreated to their own sites,” the defense minister added.

Two years after the deadly clash of Galwan in Ladakh, the Indian army and the people of liberation
The Chinese Army (PLA) clashed again at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) this time at Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh.

Tawang, who witnessed several bloody clashes during the 1962 war between India and China, is in the center of attention more than half a century later due to the latest clash between the Indian army and the PL.

Prior to the recent clash between India and China in the Yangtze region near Tawang, Chinese drones had moved very aggressively towards Indian positions on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Arunachal Pradesh, forcing the Indian Air Force to scramble its fighter jets deployed in the region.

The Chinese army behaved aggressively on the Yangtze issues near Holydip and Parikrama area on the LAC where the Chinese side opposed the Indian positions.

“Over the past few weeks, there have been two or three occasions when our fighter jets had to be scrambled to attack Chinese drones heading towards our positions on the LAC. Su-30MKI jets had to be scrambled to to deal with the threat of air breach,” ANI news agency quoted defense officials as saying.

The Indian Air Force is closely monitoring Chinese drone activities along the LAC in the northeast. Actions must be taken because drones or any other aircraft cannot be allowed to violate airspace, they said.

The sources said that if the drones are flying parallel to the LAC, the Indian side has no problem with that, but if the planes or the drones are picked up by radars flying towards Indian territory, necessary measures should be taken to prevent any violation, they said.

The Indian Air Force has a strong presence in the northeast with squadrons of Su-30 fighter jets deployed in several locations including Tezpur and Chhabua in Assam.

Rafale fighter jets have also been deployed very close to Hashimara in West Bengal.

The Indian Air Force has also strengthened its air defense coverage in the region with the operationalization of the S-400 air defense system in the Assam sector only. The system can handle any aerial threat over almost the entire area.

The Chinese and Indian sides recently agreed on several measures to prevent any air escalation after the Chinese breach of airspace in the Ladakh sector earlier this year.

After Chinese provocations in the area, the Indian side strongly addressed the issue in the military talks and it was decided that the fighter jets of both sides would stay well within their perceived Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the region.

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