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#Chinese troops asphalting a track in disputed ‘finger’ area in #Ladakh amid border tensions

The fresh Chinese construction activity is happening in Finger 4 in Pangong lake area. China also blocked the route of Indian patrols there

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Chinese soldiers are busy blacktopping (asphalting) a track in the disputed ‘finger’ area of Pangong lake in Ladakh after blocking the path of Indian patrols with a new bunker, 2 bulldozers & a moat-like construction.

Blacktopping is the final stage of building a motorable road.
The 134 km of Pangong lake’s northern bank juts out like a palm & the various protrusions are identified as “fingers” to demarcate territory. While India asserts that the LAC (Line of Actual Control) starts at Finger 8, China claims it starts at Finger 2, which India dominates.
In 1999, during the Kargil War when Indian forces were diverted, the Chinese had stepped in & built a track up to Finger 5, but this was not completely blacktopped.

Chinese troops have stepped into the disputed ‘Finger’ area, which witnessed fist fights on the evening of 5 May.
Chinese have dug up a moat-kind of structure & also blocked the route of Indian patrols with 2 bulldozers.

They said the Chinese are working at a fast pace blacktopping the route. This has always been the Chinese strategy & construction happens at super-fast speed.
Even though the area is disputed, Indian patrols used to move up to Finger 5, but if the Chinese don’t move, patrolling teams won’t be able to go much beyond Finger 3.

The construction is happening at a time when the Chinese have spoken about “resolving differences”.
Data showing #China's units climbing upwards from the base area at finger 4-5 #PangongTso, creating a new trail along with possible tents in the area

Data showing #India building up forces near its pre-existing positions at #PangongTso & #Gogra opposite to & mirroring #China's new positions in the same areas

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