Fresh Satellite Images Expose Chinese Illegal Expansion In Bhutan

The expansionist Chinese government has built a 45 metres long bridge and a 12 kilometres road near Doklam in Bhutan, thus trangressing and dishonouring the two red lines drawn by India in 2017

Raghav N

December 2, 2020

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China seems to be unwilling to curb its expansionist ambitions as fresh satellite images reveal that its People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has laid its claim over Bhutan near the Amo Chu river. A 12-kilometre road appears to have been constructed by China on the river slope of the Doklam plateau. Also seen is a 45-metre-long and six-metre-wide bridge constructed by them over the same river.

In 2017, the Xi Jinping administration had intruded into several areas in and around the Doklam plateau in Bhutan. Keeping in view the transgressed areas’ proximity to the Siliguri Corridor, also known as the Chicken’s Neck, India had drawn two red lines to warn the Chinese from crossing and expanding further. The construction of the bridge over the Amo Chu river however clearly establishes that the mutual understanding was not honoured by the neighbouring country. Both Doklam Nala to the South and Amo Chu to the east have been violated by the expansionist nation.

Many house-like structures, believed to be extensions of military cantonments have been constructed by the PLA along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), giving easy and close access for the Chinese to monitor the Indian side. Civilians are unlikely to inhabit these areas considering they are remote and lack basic facilities. The Siliguri Corridor has now become closer for China after its occupation of areas in Tibet and Bhutan.

India and China have been engaging in a border standoff since June this year, after a group of Chinese soldiers illegally entered Galwan in eastern Ladakh and engaged in a violent hand battle with the Indian forces deployed there. Despite several rounds of military and diplomatic level talks between the two nations, no disengagement and de-escalation has been initiated by the Chinese.

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