China Started Building 13 New Military Positions At LAC After Doklam Standoff
Work on four heliports started after the current tensions in Ladakh.
Following the Doklam standoff of 2017, China started the construction of 13 new military positions near the Line of Actual Control (LAC), as per a report by global security consultancy, Stratfor. These military positions include three airbases, five permanent air defence positions and five heliports. Construction of four among the five heliports mentioned here apparently started after the current LAC standoff that was the result of the Galwan incident this June, which saw the deaths of 20 Indian soldiers.
Said the report by Stratfor, “The 2017 Doklam crisis appears to have shifted China’s strategic objectives, with China more than doubling its total number of airbases, air defence positions, and heliports near the Indian border over the past three years.” Published on Tuesday, this new report states that China’s construction drive after Doklam is the result of a projection that long-term regional tensions with India will be sustained beyond the two countries’ recent standoffs.
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