Rahul Gandhi hits out at Centre over 'China in Doklam' images

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi | PTI

According to Maxar, "There has clearly been significant construction activity this year all along the Torsa River valley area with extensive road-building/construction activity underway as well as new military storage bunkers being built in China near the Doklam area".

The border has been long-contested since the Sino-Indian War in 1962, with each bordering country claiming areas across the mountains as their own.

It can be seen that Indian and Chinese troops are engaged in an eyeball-to-eyeball situation in several disputed areas along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh for the last six months.

The new photographs proven on this report are from Maxar which supplies a few of the most complete satellite tv for pc imagery commercially accessible. Reacting to reports, the Congress said China building a settlement inside Bhutanese territory - located just 9 km from Doklam - adds another threat to the Siliguri corridor, which if taken over can isolate North-East India from the mainland.

It is believed that this road could ultimately give the Chinese forces an alternate route to the Zompelri ridge, which the Indian Army had prevented Chinese forces from accessing in 2017 when the two sides faced off on the Doklam plateau.

The Doklam standoff came to an end rather abruptly and without bloodshed, with neither side providing a clear picture of what actually happened. "But, step by step, they have been changing the status quo in the rest of Doklam, including by building permanent structures and roads and even setting up villages on a plateau that was uninhabited until three years ago".

Comparable images from the same area in December 2019 show construction on the military bunkers had, at that point in time, not begun. The latest images, dated October 28, 2020, show that construction looks to be nearly complete.

China, which does not have formal diplomatic relations with Bhutan, denied the accusation, contending that the area is part of Chinese territory.

After the bloody clash, both countries agreed to deescalate military activity in the area. He did, nevertheless, verify that Bhutan and China have been concerned in border talks. The likes of China, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Malaysia, among others, all claim ownership of certain parts of the South China Sea, but none so much as China, which claims to own nearly the entire area.

The village's existence has been confirmed by Chinese state news outlet Global Times, but the report denies that the village sits within Bhutanese territory.

Bhutan's ambassador to India Major General Vetsop Namgyel defiantly declared there "is no Chinese village in Bhutan".

Newly surfaced satellite images show China is quietly building infrastructure in contested territory in the Himalayas along a disputed border with India and Bhutan. ORF is a New Dehli-based thinktank.

"Now, by creating these facts on the ground, by creating this village, you can say it was always there". "As Bhutan's de facto security guarantor, India can not turn a blind eye to China's aggressive activities in Doklam", he added.



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