The China-Pakistan war drills are taking place close to eastern Ladakh, the site of the ongoing border dispute between the Indian Army and the PLA. Both India and China began disengaging their troops from the disputed sites in February this year. The two armies have held 10 rounds of talks since last year to find a solution to the impasse.
The Indian armed forces at the Ladakh border during the ongoing standoff with China are on high alert as the People’s Liberation Army’s Air Force (PLAAF) and Pakistani security personnel conduct joint air exercises in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), Indian defence sources said.
The sources said that the PLAAF’s J-11 and J-16 fighter jets conducted sorties near the Indian border as part of their war games, using the refurbished air fields in the TAR as bases. It is believed that the Hotan air base, part of PLA’s Western Theatre Command, is also being tried out as a facility to mount potential attacks across the Line of Actual Control (LAC) during the war games.
Indian sources say that the PLAAF jets have so far abided by the existing border protocol and maintained a safe distance from the LAC. In response to the exercises, Indian Air Force’s (IAF) Mig-29 and Sukhoi-30 MKIs have said to have increased their activity in the region.