The latest satellite photographs have surfaced, revealing China’s growing infrastructure construction near the Indian border in northern Ladakh. The photograph depicts China’s People’s Liberation Army constructing a gigantic bridge near the Pangong Tso Lake, a 135-kilometer-long landlocked lake that lies partly in Ladakh and partially in Tibet and has been the site of clashes between India and China since May 2020.
According to an article in The Print, this is China’s second bridge over the land it controls at Pangong Tso. According to the report, it can transport armoured columns. According to the report, the first bridge, which began building in late 2021 and was completed in April, will be utilised as a service bridge while the construction of the second.
According to the article, China is utilising the first bridge to install cranes and transport other construction supplies, citing defence sources. The new bridge is adjacent to the previous bridge. This new bridge is significantly larger and wider than the old one. According to the source, China began building on the new bridge three weeks ago.
The goal of building these bridges, according to the sources, is to relocate their heavy armoury vehicles close to the Indian border and have numerous paths to fight any future Indian operations on the southern banks of the Pangong Tso. This comes as the standoff in Ladakh between India and China enters its third year.
In May 2020, Indian and Chinese forces clashed along the border, with the disputed Pangong Lake in Ladakh and the Tibet Autonomous Region being among the targets. According to reports, the fight began when Chinese forces protested to Indian road work in the Galwan Valley. Both sides suffered casualties in the conflict. While the Indian Army lost 20 soldiers, China is said to have lost over 40 troops, which Beijing has not confirmed.