The Doklam crisis of 2017, which was played between China and India in a part of Bhutan, east of Sikkim, ‘appears to have shifted China’s strategic objectives, with China setting up its air bases, air defense positions and heliports Has more than doubled the total number. Indian border in last three years ”.
Details of the Chinese expansion accessed by NDTV have been written in an ongoing-to-issue report by Stratfor, a leading global geopolitical intelligence platform. The report outlines the construction of China’s military-infrastructure facilities, with a detailed analysis of satellite images of military facilities that directly impact India’s security.
“The deadline to build Chinese facilities along the border with India prior to the Ladakh standoff suggests that these border tensions are part of efforts by China,” says Sim Tak. A senior global analyst and report writer with Stratfor.
Significantly, China’s upgrade of its military infrastructure is far from complete. “The expansion and construction of military infrastructure is still going on in most cases, so the Chinese military activity that we are seeing on the border with India is only the beginning of a long-term intention,” the report said.
Its consequences for India, which had been involved in violent skirmishes with China in eastern Ladakh since early May, seem obvious. Once finished, this infrastructure will provide support for the intensification of Chinese operations. ”
According to the report, China has started building at least 13 completely new military positions near its borders with India. It consists of three airports, five permanent air defense locations and five heliports. Construction began on four of them at the new heliport. Only after the onset of the current Ladakh crisis in May, ”it says.
China’s military buildup along India’s frontier, the report says, is part of a larger strategy similar to its goals in the South China Sea where Beijing has developed land around small coral atolls to develop full air-based airports and naval facilities. Dredge.
Several countries in the Asia-Pacific region have categorically rejected Beijing’s claim that the region falls under its jurisdiction. In May this year, India, which supports freedom of navigation in international waterways with the United States, said, “The South China Sea is a part of the global commons and India is interested in peace and stability in the region.” “The comment is likely to upset Beijing which is wary of India’s close strategic partnership with Washington.
By implementing the same strategy along its land border with India, “China aims to discourage Indian resistance or military action during future border disputes and demonstrate its ability and intent to engage in military confrontation.” ”
The key is China’s emphasis on building its air power in an effort to expand its military dominance in the region. The Chinese military is currently building four similar air defense positions within existing airports and other facilities. It includes additional runways, as well as aircraft shelters that will help in observing the actual presence of fighter aircraft at these airports. ‘
In May this year, NDTV had told how satellite images show huge construction activity Located at the Ngari-Gunsa Airport in Tibet, just 200 kilometers from Pangong Lake where Indian and Chinese troops remain in stalemate on both sides of the lake. The base was built to support the deployment of fighter jets of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Airforce, including home-developed variants of the J-11 and J-16, Sukhoi-30 fighters, the main Indian air force. The basis is force. It is believed that since the publication of the NDTV report, there has been substantial expansion in production on this basis.
India and China continue to negotiate at several levels to try and disintegrate forces along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh. The latest round of talks between the generals of the two sides that began on Mondo near Moldo in the South Bank of Pangong Lake lasted for about 13 hours. There are no immediate indicators of any break through. A colonel and an unknown number of 20 Indian soldiers have been killed along with Chinese soldiers in a clash in Ladakh on the patrolling front along the Indian Army and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). India, for its part, has evacuated ahead of a similar move in South Pangong, where it currently dominates Chinese positions. Both sides of Pangong Lake continue to battle for high ground, sometimes at an altitude of 20,000 feet.