Indian Air Force Chief, Air Chief Marshal PV Naik on Wednesday downplayed reports of Chinese incursions along the Line of Actual Control. There have been no air incursions along the LAC, he said while speaking to the media in Gandhinagar. However, he maintained that India must build up its weapons capability to thwart such attempts if and when they take place.
He further admitted that China's air power is superior to that of India's, whose aircraft strength is one-third of Chinese Air Force. He said that though India currently lacks the air power to deal with various terror threats facing the country, the government was trying hard to fill in the gaps in the defense forces.
Air Chief Marshal Naik's statements came just a day after China's ambassador Zhang Yan met Home Secretary GK Pillai in New Delhi and tried to clarify the picture over reports of trespassing the LAC by Chinese forces.
"Nothing is happening. You listen to your leaders," Zhang told reporters when asked about his nearly half-an-hour meeting with Pillai.
The meeting between the Chinese and Indian ministers took place amidst repeated assertions by top Indian officials including National Security Advisor MK Narayanan and the Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor that there have been no significant changes in the nature and number of Chinese incursions along the Line of Actual Control.
Air Chief Marshal Naik's admission is almost an echo of former Navy chief Admiral Sureesh Mehta's statement last month that India is no match for China, and that India neither has the capability nor the intention to match China force for force.