China strengthening its air defenses on Sino-Indian border
According to a Global Times report, reposted on the English version of the People’s Liberation Army’s website Tuesday, China is upgrading its air defense in western front which looks after the security along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) — the strategic area covering security along the country’s mountainous far western border — “in order to confront any threat from India.”
China is Sending new fighter jets in western front according to military expert Zhongping Song
“With India importing new jets, China will continue strengthening its fighter jets in the Western Theater Command,”
The Chinese military has released photographs of a J-10 fighter jet – a lightweight multi-role fighter aircraft – along with J-11 – a single-seat, twin-engine fighter jet – flying over the high-altitude plateau in western China during the current Chinese New Year and Spring Festival holiday, state-run Global Times reported on Tuesday.
China has also recently commissioned its stealth fighter, the J-20, which is first in the region.
This strategic move have significant importance after last summer’s territorial standoff between the two countries in Doklam, near the borders of India, China and Bhutan
Speaking to CNN, Kanti Prasad Bajpai, the director of the Centre on Asia and Globalization at Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, said the article could be interpreted as China signaling to India that Doklam “isn’t over” and that India shouldn’t “get too complacent.”
“It’s fairly clear they (the Chinese) are trying to send a message in the post-Doklam period about their resolve to be strong,” said Bajpai.