China is building a second bridge near Pangong Lake; satellite image shows
China is building a new bridge near Pangong Tso, satellite image shows (Photo: Twitter/@detresfa_)
New Delhi: According to satellite imagery and people familiar with the development on Wednesday, China is building a second bridge in the vicinity of the strategically important Pangong Tso lake in eastern Ladakh and it will allow the Chinese military to quickly mobilize its troops in the region. can help. ,
The bridge is being built amid the ongoing standoff between Indian and Chinese armies at several friction points in eastern Ladakh for more than two years.
There is no official reaction or comment from the Indian defense establishment on the new construction.
China is focusing on strengthening its military infrastructure after Indian troops captured several strategic peaks on the southern bank of Pangong Lake in August 2020, when the Chinese PLA attempted to intimidate them in the area.
India is also building bridges, roads and tunnels in the border areas as part of overall efforts to enhance military preparedness.
It is learned that China has recently completed the construction of the first bridge in the area.
The people quoted above said that the new bridge is being built over an area of more than 20 km from the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
Damien Simon, a geospatial intelligence researcher who tracks Chinese activities along the LAC, posted satellite images of the new construction on Twitter.
Simon, who uses the handle @detresfa_, stated that a “larger bridge” is being developed parallel to the first one, the likely purpose of the construction being to “support large/heavy movement” (of the military) over the lake. .
The satellite image posted by Simon states that the bridge is being built simultaneously from both the sides.
The bridge is likely to significantly reduce the distance from the depth zone of Rudok in the vicinity of the LAC at Pangong Tso.
The Eastern Ladakh faceoff in 2020 began on May 4-5. India has been insisting on restoration of status quo before the impasse.
India and China have so far held 15 rounds of military talks to resolve the Eastern Ladakh dispute. As a result of the talks, the two sides completed the process of separation last year on the north and south banks of Pangong Lake and in the Gogra area.
India has consistently maintained that peace and tranquility along the LAC is vital for the overall development of bilateral relations.
Each side currently has around 50,000 to 60,000 troops along the Line of Actual Control in the sensitive area.
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