Post-Doklam, Chinese LAC infra ‘doubled’

Ajay Banerjee

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 22

China’s fast enlargement of navy infrastructure alongside the disputed boundary with India over the previous two years factors in direction of Beijing’s intention of participating for a wider timeframe than the present or the latest standoffs between the 2 nations.

This is the evaluation of main US-based suppose tank “Stratfor”. It launched its report “A military drive spells out China’s intent along the Indian border” at the moment. It talks about the specter of “sustained conflict”.

“China’s intensified development of military infrastructure along the Indian border suggests a shift in Beijing’s approach to territorial disputes,” says the report, citing the 20-week-old standoff in Ladakh alongside the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

China seems to have shifted its strategic air aims and doubled its variety of airbases, air-defence positions and helicopter ports close to the Indian border.

A graphic, which varieties a part of the report, exhibits how Beijing’s enlargement drive peaked in 2019 and 2020. After the Doklam disaster in June-August 2017, China began setting up at the least 13 new navy positions alongside the LAC, together with three airbases, 5 everlasting air-defence positions and 5 helicopter bases, 4 of the copter-bases have been constructed after the onset of the present Ladakh disaster in May.

The Chinese navy is constructing 4 air-defence positions (together with further runways and plane shelters) at current airbases and different amenities. More air-defence programs and fighter jets have been added.

This will pressure New Delhi to form its future defence posturing round long-term outlook of China’s rising capabilities, the report says.

“China’s strategy aims at confronting India with an insurmountable challenge in territorial disputes. Such an approach is similar to China’s strategy in the disputed South China Sea,” the report says.

By forcing India to reply in sort, China’s aggressive technique is resulting in larger focus of navy belongings in closely disputed areas alongside the LAC and will elevate the danger of potential escalations and sustained battle.

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