- China is all-round strengthening its fortifications against India in the entire Aksai Chin area.
- China has forcibly occupied the Aksai Chin area and is now laying a network of roads and bridges there.
- After the bloody skirmish in Galvan Valley of Ladakh, China has greatly accelerated its construction work.
The Chinese dragon, which is building a bridge over Pangong Lake in eastern Ladakh, is all-round strengthening its fortifications against India in the entire Aksai Chin area. China has forcibly occupied Aksai Chin area of India and is now laying a network of roads and bridges there. The latest pictures from satellite images have revealed that China has greatly accelerated its construction work in the middle of 2020-21 after the bloody skirmish in Galwan Valley of Ladakh.
China is not only building new roads but also new bridges in the Aksai Chin area. In addition, the old roads are being widened. Along with this, China is also making many alternative routes in this area. China is running this construction work in many sectors of Aksai Chin. According to experts, China is trying to strengthen its hold on Aksai Chin and also to respond swiftly to the Indian Army in case of any aggressive action.
60 thousand Chinese soldiers deployed on the Line of Actual Control
China has deployed 60 thousand soldiers along the entire Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh even in this cold winter. The Indian Army has also deployed the same number of soldiers to give a befitting reply to China. According to sources, the Chinese army has withdrawn its summer training soldiers, but 60 thousand soldiers are still present on the border. The Indian Army retaliated by withdrawing the Rashtriya Rifles from counter-insurgency operations and attached it with the 14th Corps.
China is building a bridge over Pangong Tso lake in its territory
Earlier on Monday, it was revealed that China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is building a bridge over Khornak, the narrowest part of the lake, in its territory on Pangong Tso lake. A media report quoting sources said that this bridge is being constructed to counter any future Indian Army operations like August 2020. The Indian Army, while carrying out a special operation, captured the heights of Pangong Tso southern bank on the night of 29 and 30 August 2020.
The report, quoting sources, said that the bridge under construction will eliminate the 180 km distance between Khurnak to the southern coast. This means that the route from Khurnak to Rudok will now be only 40-50 kms as compared to around 200 kms earlier. The 135 km long Pangong Tso is a lake surrounded by a terrestrial boundary, part of which is in Ladakh and the rest in Tibet. In May 2020, tensions between India and China started in this area.
Lessons learned by China from August 2020
The report said the PLA has also begun the process of building a road to and from the bridge, which could become a new route for rapid deployment of troops and equipment, if needed. It is believed that China has learned from India’s August 2020 action and that is why it is strengthening its preparations. China has taken several steps to ensure that its activities in the region can be rapidly scaled up and capacity for large-scale deployment can be increased.
Road being built to counter possible operation
The report, quoting sources, said that with the new construction, the PLA aims to create multiple routes to counter any possible operations by Indian troops on the southern flanks in future. In November, the Indian government told the Supreme Court that China had built a large area in Tibet and the army needed wide roads to move heavy vehicles to the India-China border to avoid a 1962-like war situation.
China is building roads and bridges in the entire Aksai Chin area