Indian satellite images show a large concentration of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) troops and weapons stockpiles. Images also indicate tunnels to accumulate equipment in the Tibetan Autonomous Region, The Print reported last week. Fears of an armed conflict between India and China are alarming the international community.
In May there was an armed clash in the conflict zone between the neighboring countries, resulting in 20 Indian soldiers being killed. The confrontation, strangely enough, was with metal bars, stones, and sticks. The Chinese regime did not report any deaths, but according to witnesses, several died in the hand-to-hand fighting.
Sources from the Indian Department of Security and Defence informed The Print that the additional build-up of troops and weaponry in those locations by the CCP, especially with large numbers of troops in the Aksai Chin area, is what makes the Indian army cautious about the withdrawal process that was originally planned.
According to Indian media reports, satellite images of Shiquanhe in the Tibet Autonomous Region show the build-up of at least 5,000 Chinese soldiers and their equipment, The Print sources added that heliports have also emerged in the area, and new construction is underway. The movements were first detected by India’s EMISAT spy satellites.
The image posted by a Twitter user confirms that there is indeed a build-up of regime troops in the region:
— d-atis☠️ (@detresfa_) July 21, 2020
According to the reports, in the places where the clashes took place last May, there was a process of de-concentration of troops. The CCP’s army is said to have positioned itself in a neighboring area, close to the border with India, where it could be preparing a possible stay for the winter and then return to the areas from which it withdrew.
The Indian army, fearing a return of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops, is also preparing for winter and guaranteeing food and equipment to supply at least 30,000 men in the area.
The conflict with the Chinese regime goes beyond the border. After the deadly clashes in May, protests against Beijing broke out all over India. The Indian government responded by banning Chinese applications, including TikTok, on national security grounds.
The Indian government is deepening its relations with the U.S.
President Trump is promoting an “Indo-Pacific strategy”, which is a strategic attempt at geopolitics that seeks to extend and develop connections and alliances from South Asia to the Pacific coast of the United States, including India and Japan. This is seen by the Chinese regime as a threat to its rise to power in the region.