New Delhi: In a military conflict with India, China is building a bridge over Lake Pangon in Ladakh. Security experts said China’s construction of a bridge is a matter of “great concern” for India.
Bilal Kuhay, written in Al Jazeera, said a 400-meter-long and 8-meter-wide bridge was found at height near the actual control line (LAC), the de facto border between the two nuclear power plants. Said. Resolution satellite imagery, Indian media reported last week.
Defense expert and force magazine editor Pravin Thorny said China’s construction of the bridge was “part of their gray zone operations below the threshold level of war.”
“While presenting the threat of war, they continue to operate their gray zone, which is what they are doing by building bridges. The overall military threat continues to increase and decrease. No, “Thorny told Al Jazeera.
The Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the bridge was being built in an area “under illegal occupation by China for about 60 years,” adding that the Indian government is “closely” monitoring construction activities.
India and China have been trapped in military standoffs along the LAC in the Ladakh region since both sides accused each other of breach in April 2020.
Tensions also led to a surge in the construction of military infrastructure on both sides of the disputed border, Kuchai said.
Al Jazeera reported that more than 100 projects were completed by the Border Roads Organization of India in 2021, most of them near the border with China, according to media reports in India.
New Delhi-based security expert Ajai Shukla told Al Jazeera that the bridge is part of China’s infrastructure along the LAC, “to enable them to move well, move quickly, and deploy troops quickly. “.
“It’s the standard Chinese method of border control,” he said.
According to Shukla, Chinese are “quick to deploy,” while India is “too long to deploy.”
However, a former Indian Army officer who had worked in Ladakh for many years told Al Jazeera that the area where the bridge was being built was under Chinese control before the war with India in 1962.
India and China fought a war in 1962 over a conflicting border area. Since then, the two countries have been unable to agree on a 3,488 km (2,167 mile) long border.
“They (Chinese) secured the area in 1959. The LAC is another 25 km (15 miles) away from the bridge. It’s near a very old border,” he wants to reveal his identity. The retired official who wasn’t told Al Jazeera.
“In the modern army, any such bridge or fixed thing can be destroyed by a surface-to-ground missile or an air-to-ground missile. I don’t think there is a big difference, but it’s true. , Improving connectivity helps everyone. “
From April to May 2020, India and China continued to confront each other over violations by Chinese troops in multiple areas such as the Finger region, Garwan Valley, hot springs and Kongrunnara. The situation worsened after 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a violent clash with Chinese troops in the Gallowan River in June 2020.
New Delhi and Beijing are in talks on the actual lines of control of the eastern Ladakh region to resolve standoffs. So far, 14 talks have been held.
The talks led to some liberation of the army from some friction points along the LAC, but not all of them. The negotiations also failed to reach an agreement on the frontier.
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