It’s the survival of the fittest in the sub-zero conditions of eastern Ladakh where Indian and Chinese armies stand face to face. With temperatures dipping fast in eastern Ladakh, China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has been facing many hurdles. The hardships have become even greater for the PLA, a force with no experience in fighting a war, let alone in mountain warfare.
Latest satellite images from Sentinel indicate that Pangong Tso has partially frozen and two more lakes have completely frozen. This is worrying for China as it will have to pull back its patrolling boats from Pangong Lake to the nearby Rimutang base, which was recently upgraded for winter needs.
Caught unaware of India’s readiness for the harsh winter, the PLA also made emergency procurement of extreme cold climate clothing and high-altitude gear.
India Today’s OSINT team investigates the effects of freezing temperatures on both China and India.
Pangong Tso partially frozen
The latest satellite imagery shows the Pangong Tso frozen across the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on the Tibetan side at two places.
The first frozen span is almost 5 km west of the Indian claim line. This frozen span is very important because of its strategic location.