For several weeks, the attention in the India-China standoff has been fixated on the Galwan Valley and the Pangong Tso, but the conversation is now shifting to the Depsang Plains, said ThePrint’s Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta in episode 570 of ‘Cut The Clutter’.
The focus has now shifted to an area called the Sub Sector North (SSN) where the Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) — a strategic military base — is situated. However, the catchword right now is the Depsang Plains that are located near it.
“In 1962, the tiny Indian detachment in DBO had been ordered to withdraw, so India had abandoned it. But the Chinese had also not come and occupied it. They, however, occupied much of Depsang Plains to the west and India was left with the Depsang bulge,” said Gupta.
The Depsang Plains are large plains that are suitable for driving armoured carriers, artillery and mechanised units, which is unusual at the height of about 17,000 feet above sea level. Much of these plains have been under Chinese control since the mid-1950s.