New Delhi: – The Indian soldiers foiled Chinese attempts of intrusion, by stopping and making them retreat, in the Sikkim and Ladakh regions. It has been exposed that even before that, Chinese helicopters had attempted to intrude into the Indian airspace. But alert Indian Airforce, forced the Chinese helicopters to retreat, dispatching fighter jets from the airbase in Leh. Military analysts are pointing out that such Indian aggression against Chinese intrusion has not been observed, over last many years.
It is revealed that this incident occurred on the 5 May, in the afternoon. Although, the Chinese helicopters did not enter the Indian airspace, many incidents of these helicopters intruding into the Indian airspace have been reported, in the past. But this time, there was an aggressive reply, from the Indian Airforce, to the Chinese intrusion attempt. As soon as it was noticed that the Chinese helicopters were hovering near the Indian border, within minutes, Indian Airforce fighter jets reached the area, patrolling in the region. The Chinese helicopters retreated after this.
The Chinese soldiers attempted intrusion at the Ladakh border, within only a few hours of the helicopter incident. Indian soldiers stopped Chinese soldiers and forced them to retreat on the east Ladakh border. There was a major fight between the soldiers from both sides. This was reported on Monday. More reports have surfaced giving details of the violent fight between the Indian and Chinese soldiers.
Nearly 250 Indian and Chinese soldiers were involved in the incident. It has been reported quoting government sources that 60 to 70 Indian soldiers were injured, while forcing the Chinese soldiers to retreat. Both the sides even pelted stones at each other. After the Indian military foiled the land and air intrusion attempts in Ladakh, the Chinese soldiers made one more attempt of intrusion in the Naku La region in north Sikkim, on Saturday, which also was foiled by the Indian military.
As per analysts, the sudden acts of aggression on the eastern border only go to show the Chinese restlessness. Ten days ago, India had warned Pakistan, to vacate the POK, including the Gilgit-Baltistan region. Since the last week, India has also included the weather forecast, for the region, in the country’s weather report. This has upset China too, along with Pakistan, because of the realisation that the Chinese investment in the Gilgit-Baltistan region, under the CPEC project, will be under threat. China has already invested $55 billion into the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project. CPEC project, an important part of the ambitious Belt and Road Initiative of China, starts in the Gilgit-Baltistan region. As per analysts, this is the reason for the Chinese aggression.
Analysts are also pointing out that China initiates its acts of aggression on the eastern border, as and when Pakistan is cornered. Eight Indian soldiers were martyred in the encounter and the terror attack on the following day, in the Handwara region. Therefore, Pakistan is grappling with a fear of repeat of a Balakot style attack. It has been reported that therefore, the Pakistani fighter jets are patrolling the Line of Control region. Analysts are highlighting that at the same time, China also has started its aggressive acts.
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All the major countries of the world are against China, over the Coronavirus pandemic issue. The multinational companies from countries like the United States, Japan, Australia have indicated that
India could be a viable option for shifting their operations. This also could be the reason for the Chinese edginess.