Chinese J-20 Stealth Fighter Allegedly Spotted Near Indian Border
This development is significant as it comes just days after China warned India against deploying the supersonic BrahMos missile in the same region.
China's most formidable stealth fighter J-20 has been spotted near the border with India. Images of the J-20 positioned at the Daochenge Yading airport in the high altitude Tibetan Autonomous Perfecture which lies to the east of India's north eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh first surfaced on social media.
On the deployment of the BrahMos missile, a Chinese Defense Ministry spokesperson said, "We hope the Indian side can do more for peace and stability in the border region, rather than the contrary."
Interestingly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is traveling to China in a couple of days to attend the G-20 summit where he is expected to meet Chinese leadership. Before attending the G-20, Modi will visit Vietnam, which China sees as an adversary.
The Chinese Chengdu J-20 is a twin engine fighter with stealth features which enable it to sometimes go undetected by radar unlike other fighter jets.
It is one of China's most guarded military hardware. Positioning it at the Daochenge Yading airport, China has displayed its combat capability even at 14,000 ft in the Himalayan range, an area which is otherwise considered impossible terrain for air combat operations.
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