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2 Chinese choppers entered U'khand in April, June

PTI  New Delhi, July 15, 2014
First Published: 14:34 IST(15/7/2014) | Last Updated: 14:39 IST(15/7/2014)

Two Chinese helicopters entered Indian territory in Uttarakhand on two occasions in April and June after which the Army launched protests with the Chinese Army, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Tuesday.

"Due to differing perception of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) by both India and China, transgressions do occur. Two Chinese helicopters transgressed the LAC on April 30 and June 13 in Uttarakhand," defence minister Arun Jaitley said in written reply to a query.

"Protests were lodged regarding the above transgressions with the Chinese side in flag meetings on May 5 and June 23 respectively," he said.

The minister said the incidents of transgressions are taken up with the "Chinese side through established mechanisms such as flag meetings, Border Personnel Meetings and normal diplomatic channels like working mechanism for consultation and coordination on India-China border affairs etc."

There have been large number of incidents related to transgression and face-offs between Indian and Chinese troops along the LAC in last few years.

The two countries signed the Border Defence Cooperation Agreement (BDCA) to prevent any flare ups between the troops of the two sides while patrolling the more than 4,000 km long LAC.

Meanwhile, answering another query on threats faced by naval and air bases, the Minister said they continue to "remain at high alert to thwart threats to security of establishments and periodic security audits are conducted to assess the preparedness and personnel are regularly sensitised."

"Adequate funds have been earmarked for ensuring security and safety of our strategically important naval and air bases," Jaitley said.


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