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Fresh Chinese Moves Near Doklam


New Delhi: Recent developments along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) indicate that China is no mood to de-escalate border tension with India and is busy with construction activities to solidify its position in the border regions.

Behind the façade of diplomatic and military-level talks, China is building missile air defense infrastructure near Doklam, Naku La ‘clash points’, new satellite images by open-source intelligence analyst ‘DetResFa’ has revealed.

The satellite image shared on Twitter was the result of a joint study and research with Sim Tack from geopolitical intelligence platform Stratfor and it says that the location of the upcoming missile sites are near China, Bhutan and India tri-junction at Doklam plateau – the site where the nuclear-armed neighbours locked horns in 2017.

Missile site just 50 km away from 2017 stand-off site

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) air defence infrastructure which is under construction is just 50 km away from the 2017 stand-off site, and the location of the May 2020 border skirmish.

“As a part of the ongoing upgrades and expansion of air defense assets along its border with India, China has been developing two new air defense positions near its suspected early warning radar sites opposite Sikkim,” the open-source intelligence analyst noted.

It further says that both Surface to Air Missile sites would close the existing air defense gap around the earlier clash zones.

‘If talks fail India will think of military options’

India has been regularly monitoring the development and is conducting regular intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance missions in this sector.

Yesterday, it was reported that Beijing has started laying fibre optics cables and installing other equipment for 5G along the LAC. The PLA has also been found constructing barracks and other structures near the Pangong Lake in Ladakh.

Despite several rounds of talks with China is not moving back, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat has also said if talks fail India will think of military options.

Courtesy – timesnownews

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