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India-China border row: Chinese troops increase foothold in Pangong Tso area

Indo-Chian border tension: China has considerably ramped up its military presence in the disputed territory of Ladakh, including a wide network of logistical supply lines and support bases

twitter-logoBusinessToday.In | August 31, 2020 | Updated 15:14 IST
India-China border row: Chinese troops increase foothold in Pangong Tso area
Throughout 2019, renovations and new airbase constructions have been noted along the Indo-China border by China. Here is a map listing all known airfields along with detachments

China has intensified efforts to secure its military presence along the Indian border near Ladakh.

As per popular OSINT handle @detresfa_ , since May 20, China has considerably ramped up its military presence in the disputed territory of Ladakh, including a wide network of logistical supply lines and support bases.

Photo courtesy: @detresfa_

There are four new camp positions mushrooming at the Pangong Tso lake area in addition to the earlier one at the Finger 4 area. One of these camps has been set up south of the main camp across the river.

Moreover, @detresfa_  had revealed in early August that H-6 bombers were spotted at Kashgar airport, which is 690 km away from Pangong Tso lake.

Throughout 2019, renovations and new airbase constructions have been noted along the Indo-China border by China. Here is a map listing all known airfields along with detachments.

Meanwhile, reports have emerged that the Chinese army tried to transgress into areas near the southern bank of Pangong lake near Chushul area in Ladakh on August 29 and 30.  The Indian troops successfully thwarted the move.

"On the night of August 29-30, PLA troops violated the previous consensus arrived at military and diplomatic engagements during the ongoing standoff in Eastern Ladakh and carried out provocative military movements to change the status quo," Colonel Aman Anand said in a statement.

Days before the latest transgression, People's Liberation Army's air force (PLAAF) redeployed its J-20 fifth-generation fighter aircraft near Ladakh. The J-20 and other aircraft have been carrying out extensive operational flying from the different airbases opposite Ladakh, particularly Hotan and Gar Gunsa.

On Monday, the Chinese government's official newspaper Global Times also tweeted, "Chinese FM on Monday said Chinese border troops have always strictly observed the Line of Actual Control and have never crossed the line. The border troops of the two countries have been in communication over territory issues".

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