Satellite Images Hint At Renewed China Threat In Doklam

26 Novembre, 2020, 03:42 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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"The high resolution imagery also shows how precarious of a village it is, being constructed on what is essentially a sandbank in the middle of a mountain river valley (where snowmelt and high cliffs make water flow unpredictable and flash floods common)", observed Ruser, a researcher at ASPI's International Cyber Policy Centre.

It is believed that this highway might in the end give the Chinese forces an alternate path to the Zompelri ridge, which the Indian Army had prevented Chinese forces from accessing in 2017 when the 2 sides confronted off on the Doklam plateau.

In addition to the small village, China appears to have built a road in the same area that stretches approximately nine kilometres inside Bhutanese territory.

Chinese village "Pangda" on Oct 28, 2020 compared to construction on Dec 8, 2019.

As part of its warfare tactics, China has been setting up dual-use integrated villages close to the borders that can be used as strategic military assets by the People's Liberation Army (PLA).

A thin strip of land bordering all three countries, the Doklam area is claimed by both China and Bhutan, but it is also strategically important to India, because of its proximity to the Siliguri Corridor, a vital artery between New Delhi and its north eastern states.

This week it was revealed Chinese troops used "microwave" weapons to force Indian soldiers to retreat by making them violently sick during a Himalayan stand-off, a professor has claimed. This Pangda village has been constructed (as shown by the included map) ~2.5km beyond Bhutan's global border.

He tweeted, "Now, now we have everlasting residents residing within the newly established Pangda village". It's along the valley, 35 km south to Yadong country. "Here is a map to show the location", he wrote.

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Even though Bhutan has denied the report of Chinese incursion, satellite images clearly tell the truth.

In a statement to NDTV on November 19, Major General Namgyel said, "There is no Chinese village inside Bhutan".

Asked whether Bhutan and China had reached any understanding on realigning the border in the contested area, the Ambassador said he "does not comment on border matters".

China, which does not have formal diplomatic relations with Bhutan, denied the accusation, contending that the area is part of Chinese territory. Today's satellite images, however, show that China is still reinforcing its position along the border. Despite several attempts, both the sides have failed to resolve the border conflict. Indian forces withdrew and China stopped building the road, claiming it would resume construction when the weather was right.

Khera said the "silence" of the GOI on developments related to China has been "deafening".

For the Indian Army, any Chinese push southwards is sure to lift red-flags since Chinese forces will probably have clear line-of-sight to delicate areas within the "Chicken's Neck" for the primary time.

Bhutan, Joshi said, has made a decision to keep quiet and "look the other way" as they will find it hard to institute any changes without the support of India.

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