Galvan Valley: Satellite images on the 'Indian border' show 'Chinese architecture'.



China is building new structures near the Himalayan border conflict site, which killed 20 Indian soldiers earlier this month, the latest satellite images show.


Bunkers, tents, and storage units for military hardware were found in an area where there was no one last month.

The fight over the contentious border between nuclear-armed forces has triggered the alarm. China's death toll has also been reported, but it has not been confirmed.

The latest images have been published as the parties negotiate to define the tensions.

The latest satellite images of June 22 are from space technology company Maxer. Chinese construction on the Galvan River was not seen in aerial photographs earlier in June, the report said.

Neither India nor China made any comment.


The skirmish broke out on June 15 in the Galvan Valley in the disputed Himalayan region of Ladakh, according to various bilateral agreements agreed by the top military commanders of the two countries to resolve the situation in the border areas.

After the confrontation, and between rhetoric, the two countries openly tried to calm the tension.

In a statement released by the Indian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday, Indian Foreign Minister Subramanyam Jaishankar and Chinese Foreign Minister His Excellency Wang Wang reiterated that the 6 commanders, led by senior officials, had been reliably applied to be aware of de-escalation. June ”.

What do the pictures show?
A leading Indian defense analyst, Ajay Shukla, tweeted, "There is a large Chinese camp in the Galan Valley, 1.5 km to the Indian side of the LAC [Line of Actual Control]."

Local media have also been quoting army sources as saying that China was under construction before the June 15 skirmish and commander-level talks.

Satellite images from May show no structure in the skirmish area.

Ladakh affairs expert PW Stobdan told the BBC that the structure was "worrying".

"The [Indian] government has not released or made any announcements, so it is difficult to assess. But the images released by private companies show that the Chinese have built the infrastructure and are not backing down," he said.

The situation in the area is still described as "very aggressive".



Meanwhile, Indian Army Chief General MM Narwana is scheduled to move to the Forward Area of ​​the border on Thursday. The Army visited other areas on Wednesday and reviewed the operational preparations.

What happened in Galvan Valley?
At about 4,300 meters (14,000 ft), the army is pulling ridges on steep terrain, with some Indian soldiers landing in the fast flowing Galvan River at sub-zero temperatures, media reports said.

In addition to the death toll of 20, at least 76 Indian soldiers were wounded. China has not released any information on Chinese deaths.

The 1996 agreement led to a gun fight to prevent firearms and explosives from the area.

How stressful is the area?

The Line of Actual Control, known as the disputed border between the two countries, is poorly recognized. The presence of rivers, lakes, and snowshoes means line shifts can occur.

Soldiers on both sides - representing the two largest armies in the world - come face to face at many points. India alleges that China has dispatched tens of thousands of troops to the Galvan Valley in Ladakh, claiming that China occupied 38,000 square kilometers (14,700 square miles) of its territory. Over the past three decades, many rounds of negotiations have failed to resolve border disputes.

When India suffered a humiliating defeat in 1962, the two countries had only fought one war so far.


In May, dozens of Indian and Chinese soldiers carried out a physical explosion near the border of the northeastern state of Sikkim. The two countries clashed in 2017 as China sought to extend the border road through the controversial plateau Doklam.

Tensions have also risen on the road that India has built-in Ladakh.

There are many reasons for tensions to rise now - but the competitiveness of the strategic goal is rooted in, and both sides blame each other.

Experts say India's new highway along the LIC in Ladakh is the most remote and unprotected area. This will increase Delhi’s ability to rapidly advance men and motherhood in the face of road conflicts.

Analysts say Beijing has been affected by India's decision to dismantle infrastructure.

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