China-India border dispute: advanced fighter jets sent to nearby airbases

China-India border dispute: advanced fighter jets sent to nearby airbases

  • Two J-20s seen at Hotan airbase in China’s Xinjiang region, while India has deployed five new Rafales to Ladakh, according to media reports
  • As tensions remain high, the two neighbours are seeking to gain the advantage on the roof of the world

China and India have reportedly sent their most advanced fighter jets to airbases near their disputed border region in the Himalayas, where a stand-off continues.

According to a Forbes report on Monday that cited commercial satellite imagery, two Chinese J-20 stealth fighters have appeared at the Hotan airbase in the far western Xinjiang region.

The airbase is China’s closest – about 320km (200 miles) – to the disputed Aksai Chin region.