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Indian Combat Air Patrols Over Arunachal Amid China Tension

Top sources said the Air Force had launched air patrols after spotting Chinese jets flying close to the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Arunachal Pradesh. This comes after Indian and Chinese troops clashed at the LAC on December 9 at Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh.

Amid massive opposition protests in parliament, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said in the clashes last week, there was a physical scuffle between the two sides but Indian soldiers "compelled the Chinese soldiers to return to their posts" and prevented a land-grab. The Indian soldiers pushed back in a "firm and resolute manner", he said, adding that there were "minor injuries to a few personnel from both sides" and the two sides "immediately disengaged from the area".

Chinese troops "tried to transgress the LAC in Yangtse, Tawang, and unilaterally change the status quo," said Rajnath Singh. "Due to timely intervention of Indian military commanders, Chinese soldiers went back to their locations." In a meeting of commanders, the Chinese were asked to "refrain from such actions and maintain peace and tranquility along the border, he said, adding that the incident had also been taken up through diplomatic channels.

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