China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) seems adamant to continue with the present standoff in eastern Ladakh beyond winters – or much longer – possibly to tire out India. Satellite images suggest Beijing has continued the same stance all along the Tibet-India border.
In March-June 2017, the Chinese PLA had carried out massive incursions to grab Bhutan’s territory in and around Doklam plateau and threatened India strategically. The latest satellite images released by space firm Maxar Technologies reveal the construction of road and civilian settlements, as claimed by China, inside Bhutan’s territory.
The Indian Army considering its own strategic interests due to the proximity of this area to Siliguri Corridor, also known as the Chicken’s Neck, and a friendly neighbour’s concerns had intervened to stop the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) advance in Sharsingma or Yatung valley.
However, the latest satellite images clearly indicate that China has yet again stabbed the international community in the back, especially Bhutan, by grabbing further land along the Amo Chu river.
India Today’s OSINT team investigates the progress at these PLA incursions critical to Indian forces in Eastern Zone through the latest satellite images.
Crossing Indian Red Lines
During Doklam, India had drawn certain red lines and conveyed them to China expecting the PLA never to cross them.