Indian Su-30s intercepted Chinese helicopters near to the control line in Ladakh
NEW DELHI, (BM) – India has lifted Su-30MKI fighters after the Chinese Air Force was spotted next to the control line in Ladakh. Accordign RIA Novosti the incident occurred almost simultaneously with the incident, which involved Indian and Chinese border guards at the checkpoint on the border of the Indian state of Sikkim and China, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
The military of the PRC previously crossed the airspace of India due to insufficiently accurate demarcation of the line of actual control, the agency notes. For this reason, at times, such incidents can be considered unintentional.
In early August last year, India announced a decision to abolish the state of Jammu and Kashmir, creating on its basis two union territories: Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
To do this, the Indian Parliament repealed article 370 of the constitution, which gave the state special status. Pakistan, which claims to be the Indian part of Kashmir, sharply condemned this decision.
After the Muslim regions of British India formed a separate state of Pakistan, Jammu and Kashmir was the only Indian state where the majority are Muslims. The separatists are active there, of which the Pakistani authorities accuse New Delhi of support. Official Islamabad rejects these allegations.
Indo-Pakistani conflict for Kashmir
Since 1858, the territory of modern India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar was considered the colonial possession of Great Britain. In 1947, British India gained independence and was divided into two independent states: India and Pakistan. The main point of conflict between the two countries was the Kashmir region. It has become the disputed territory claimed by India, Pakistan and China.
After the first Indo-Pakistani war (1947-1949), Kashmir was divided into two controlled units. The ceasefire line (now called the “control line”) in Kashmir actually, but not legally, became the border between India and Pakistan.
The situation is aggravated by the fact that Kashmir has traditionally been a Muslim territory, and now the vast majority of the population are Muslims. After the uprising in Indian Jammu and Kashmir in 1980, the activities of terrorist organizations supporting the independence of the region increased dramatically.
Pakistan is interested in gaining control over all of Kashmir, because by doing so, it, among other things, gets a convenient transport route to its ally, China.
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