India-China Border: Chinese Built New Military Positions Near Doklam LAC

China started construction of at least 13 entirely new military positions including three airbases near the LAC in the aftermath of the Doklam standoff.

Jessica David

September 25, 2020

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According to a report by global security consultancy Stratford, China has started construction of at least 13 entirely new military positions including three airbases, five permanent air defence positions and five heliports near the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the aftermath of the Doklam standoff in 2017. Though reported by different agencies in the past too, the report said construction of four of the five new heliports started only after the current border standoff erupted in eastern Ladakh in early May. “The 2017 Doklam crisis appears to have shifted China’s strategic objectives.”

The report further added, “With this, China has more than doubled its total number of airbases, air defence positions, and heliports near the Indian border over the past three years,” the report said. Authored by security expert Sim Tack and released on Tuesday (September 22), the report stated that China’s constructive drive projects a future military capability that will see long-term regional tensions with India sustained beyond the two countries’ recent standoffs. The report noted that the recent procurement of the Rafale fighter aircraft has started to provide India some relief.

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