China building ‘larger’ bridge over Pangong lake

New Delhi: China is constructing a “larger” second bridge in an area held by it around the strategically key Pangong Tso lake in eastern Ladakh and it could help the Chinese military to quickly mobilize its troops in the region, satellite images reveal.

There is no official reaction or comment by the Indian defense establishment on the new construction. China has been focusing on strengthening its military infrastructure after Indian troops captured several strategic peaks on the southern bank of the Pangong lake in August 2020 after the Chinese PLA attempted to intimidate them in the area.

It is learned that the new bridge is being built in an area that is over 20 km from the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

Damien Symon, a geospatial intelligence researcher, who keeps track of Chinese activities along the LAC, posted satellite images of the new construction on Twitter.

Symon, who uses the handle @detresfa_ said a “larger bridge” is being developed parallel to the first one, adding the likely aim of the construction is to “support larger/heavier movement” (of the military) over the lake.

The bridge is likely to cut the distance significantly from the depth area of Rudok to the region around the Line of Actual Control or LAC in Pangong Tso.

The bridge is being built amid the lingering standoff between the Indian and Chinese militaries at several friction points in eastern Ladakh for over two years. (NDTV)

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