Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh today held a high-level meeting after the airspace violation by a Chinese helicopter. It may be recalled that the Chinese helicopter had violated India’s airspace in Chamoli in Uttarakhand. Singh said that investigations are currently underway to establish the fact that the airspace was in fact violated by the Chinese helicopter. At present, it is not clear that the violation actually involved a Chinese helicopter. The meeting was attended by chief secretary S Ramaswamy, two additional chief secretaries and the commissioners of Garhwal and Kumaon.
Beijing has however defended the Chinese helicopters in the region, saying that the area is a disputed territory and Chinese military often carries out such patrolling activities in the region. Speaking about the development, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said, “We hope that the two sides will make joint efforts to maintain tranquility and peace in the border areas.” Meanwhile, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that the Indian government will take up the issue of airspace violation with China. Security has been beefed up on the Sino-Indian border in view of any potential hostilities.