Indo-China tensions have been rising in Ladakh for the past three weeks. China has stepped up its military presence near Pangong Lake, not just crossing the Line of Control (LoC) and patrolling the Indian border. At least 100 tents of the People's Liberation Army have been spotted in the Galwan Valley. In the meantime, a sensational satellite image was found this time. It shows that China is building a full-fledged air base within 200 kilometers of Pangong Lake. Not only that, Tarmac probably has J-11 or J-16 fighter jets.
Ladakh built an airport ten years ago at Gari Kunsa in Tibet, 200 km from Pangong Lake. Beijing said at the time that the airport was being built for civilian flights. But satellite imagery shows that work on expanding the airport has increased overnight in the past month. And China has built an airbase there. Not only that, as seen in the satellite image, the Chinese Air Force has also parked the warplane in the car Kunsar Tarmak.
According to the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, it is not correct to claim that the Indian Army has overstepped its control in the Western Sector or the Sikkim Sector. The Indian army was on the other side of the Line of Control. On the contrary, the Chinese army has repeatedly entered Indian territory and is obstructing the normal patrol process.
Indo-China border dispute
There are no clear boundaries on land in the actual Indo-China Line of Control. The three and a half thousand kilometer long border can be roughly divided into three parts. Western, Middle and Eastern. The ‘Johnson Line’ in the Western Sector draws the line between Ladakh and Aksai Chin in Jammu and Kashmir. The middle sector includes Uttarakhand and Himachal. Where there is fairly no conflict. And in the eastern sector, China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of southern Tibet. New Delhi has consistently denied that claim.
But diplomats think it would be wrong to downplay what has been going on in Ladakh for the past few days. Many former army officers are similar. Rather, they think, there is a pattern of Beijing in the whole incident. This is not the extreme adventurism of any local military commander. Rather it may be a deliberate move. Why not what is happening in the Galwan Valley is very worrying. There has never been a conflict between the armies of India and China along the Line of Actual Control in this valley of Ladakh.
This over-activity of the Chinese military on the border is seen at a time when Beijing is becoming increasingly entrenched in international diplomacy. The prospect of China's Cold War with the United States is slowly gaining ground every day. Even Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi made it clear on Sunday that US domestic political forces were pushing relations between Beijing and Washington into the Cold War. Not just word of mouth, Beijing has activated their propaganda machine around the world.
According to diplomats, it is not clear exactly why China is increasing troop deployments in Ladakh. Some ideas and guesses are being made. But it is also true that it would be foolish to think that it is being done only because of quarrels or quarrels over border patrols. Because, there was a clear reason for the conflict that took place in Chumar or Dokalam. The two countries were at loggerheads over road construction.