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.
A squadron of newly bought Rafale jets has also been kept on high alert at the Ambala air base in the northern state of Punjab, according to sources.
The joint drills between Chinese and Pakistani forces in the TAR are an annual affair. It is not clear yet how many Pakistani personnel participated in the defence exercises, which are said to have begun on 22 May.
One of the primary points of the war exercises is to perfect capabilities to target…