China builds ropeway near tri-junction with India, Bhutan as part of strengthening infrastructure in eastern region

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According to defense sources, China has set up a ropeway near Torsa Nala along the India-Bhutan-China tri-junction and is strengthening roads and other infrastructure in the entire eastern sector.

In Yangtse area of ​​Tawang sector, in which there was an uproar last weekDefense officials with knowledge of the area said China had stepped up patrols to assert its claims in the area a few years ago after noticing that their herders could not move in and out. “What bothers the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is that the Indian Army has the dominant heights, which give a full view of the bowl,” two sources said.

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The Chinese usually patrol two to three times a year before and after winter, said one of the sources, adding that there are four major entry points in the Yangtse region that the PLA uses to enter the area. The Yangtse is located 30-35 km northeast of Tawang and is at an altitude of 17,000 feet.

busy construction

One of the sources cited above said that the PLA has also installed a ropeway close to Torsa Nala on its side near the confluence point, and some new anchor points of the ropeway have been spotted recently. Officials said there is also a lot of activity near Torsa Nala near Doklam, which saw a 73-day standoff between the Indian and Chinese armies a few years ago.

Citing intelligence inputs, sources said there has been heavy activity and build-up in the eastern sector, especially in the last few months. The Line of Actual Control (LAC) is divided into western (Ladakh), central (Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand), and eastern (Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim) sectors.

India has also been significantly upgrading its infrastructure along the LAC over the past few years following the 2020 standoff at Galvan in eastern Ladakh.

No activity in Doklam

However, reacting to reports of fresh PLA activity in Doklam, Bhutanese officials said there was “no such activity” in Doklam, making a distinction between the actual tri-junction that led to the India-China standoff in 2017. There was a flashpoint, and a wide area.

“The information about Chinese activities in Doklam is not correct,” said Bhutan’s ambassador to India, General Vatsop Namgyel (retd), who said he had checked with the Royal Bhutan Army, and that he had confirmed that “no Chinese There are no activities” Doklam.

In 2021, after 24 rounds of talks that began in 1984, China and Bhutan reached an agreement on a 3-stage roadmap to resolve their border issues, including the Doklam area.

different perception

The Army’s December 12 statement, detailing the scuffle between Indian and Chinese troops on December 9, said that, in some areas along the LAC in the Tawang sector, there are areas of difference of perception where both sides defend their claims. Patrolling the area till the border. This “has been the trend since 2006,” it said.

The 3,488-km-long LAC between India and China has mutually agreed disputed areas and areas of differing perception. In eastern Ladakh, for example, there are two mutually agreed disputed areas, the Trig Heights and Demchok, while there are 10 areas of differing perception. Similarly, the Yangtse is one of the eight major friction points in the eastern region.