China builds 200 new shelters between Aksai Chin, Siachen: Report

Self-propelled 122 mm multiple rocket launcher (SPMRL) produced by the People's Republic of China for the People's Liberation Army Ground Force. [Photo: Wikimedia/]

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has recently built more than 200 new shelters in the strategic area between Aksai Chin and the Siachen Glacier, reports said.

These shelters have been built for the purpose of providing support to the Chinese soldiers present there in winter.

PLA has built pre-fabricated shelters for the soldiers sitting about 15 to 18 km, like the Indian Army has been installing in Siachen Glacier. These shelters control the temperature and the soldiers can survive even in the bitter cold, said a report by Sangri Today.

There are military bases in the depth area to support this encroachment and provide military equipment. From there they are getting help. Most of these camps have been set up after Xi Jinping was elected president for a third term in October.

The Chinese Army encroached on 5 areas of Ladakh in 2020, from where it has returned, but the old incursions in Depsang and Damchowk remain intact.

Due to the presence of Chinese soldiers in Depsang, the Indian Army is not able to go up to the traditional Patrol Points (PP) 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14, the report said.

In Senior Commander-level talks, India has been registering objections on Depsang and Damchowk. It is clear from the construction of new shelters in Depsang that the Chinese PLA has no intention of withdrawing from there in the near future.

Meanwhile, citing media reports that China has built shelters in the Depsang area in Ladakh, the Congress party has questioned the Government’s “silence” over the issue and asked what steps were being taken by it to ensure status quo ante of April 2020.

Congress spokesperson Supriya Shrinate also attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his handshake with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit in Indonesia last month.


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