China and Pakistan have resumed their war preparations by talking of normalizing the situation in the border areas with India. The Chinese and Pakistani air forces are currently conducting joint military exercises in Tibet across the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh. In this exercise, the armies of both the countries will launch air-to-air, surface-to-air, sea-to-air missiles, UAVs. And drones.
Taking note of the joint exercise, the Indian Army has also stepped up its vigilance along the Line of Actual Control (LoC) with Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir and the LoC with China in eastern Ladakh. The timing of this exercise also raises a number of questions. Sources said that Chinese warplanes spotted near the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh two days ago were involved in the exercise. He said the joint military exercise in Tibet would continue till June 15.
According to initial reports, the exercise, which started on May 22, was for 15 days and was later extended. It was also said that the joint exercise would not be called simple as it was a team of senior officers of the East China Air Force (People’s Liberation Air Force) who went to Pakistan to train Pakistan Air Force officers.
Prior to the exercise, the Pakistan Army last year deployed a JF-17 fighter jet at the airbase in Skartu. The airbase, very close to Ladakh, is also used by the Chinese Air Force along with Pakistan. After taking off from here, Pakistani fighter jets can hardly enter Indian airspace in five minutes. An underground fuel station and an arms depot have also been constructed at the airport.
Retired Major General Dilawar Singh on the selection of Tibet by China and Pakistan for joint war games said that Tibet was chosen on the basis of its strategic importance and its geographical location. It borders eastern Ladakh, where military tensions between China and India have been simmering for the past year. In addition, the area is close to Pakistan. The two countries are trying to put pressure on India with this exercise while adapting their troops to the geographical conditions in the entire region.