China Secretly Upgrading Offensive Capabilities in Southern Tibet: Intelligence Report

China is secretly upgrading its military capabilities under its western command in the Southern Tibet region. As per latest reports, China’s People Liberation Army (PLA) is updating one of the civil airports in Gongga in Tibet, near the Indian border. Under ‘3+1 project’, China is also planning construction of three new airports in Burang, Lhunze, and Tingri of southern Tibet.

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According to Chinese media reports, China will spend approximately 2.6 billion dollars on the project expected to be completed by 2021. The dispute between India and China over Doklam may have partially resolved, but the neighbouring countries are constantly engaged in boosting defence preparedness in the border areas.

According to the intelligence reports, China has deployed ‘622 Missile Brigade’ in Yuxi, which is equipped with guided missiles and also deploying long-range kill missiles at this new base. Its clearly visible that China has already strengthened its Western Theater Command against India and now after the information of the new Missile Brigade is revealed in the South Theater Command, Indian agencies are closely monitoring this new development. A source working in the security establishment said: ”Yuxi is close to India and after coming to know about the Chinese missile Brigade, we are trying to understand what the China game plan behind this.”

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As per Intelligence report, China’s People Liberation Army (PLA) has deployed fast patrolling boats at Pangong Tso lake of Ladakh for surveillance. As per the latest reports, a special water squadron is able to carry high tech navigational and communication equipment. It is currently stationed at Pangong Tso.

Intelligence officer emphasised saying, “With the help of special water squadron PLA will be able to move very fast and if any tense situation arises in the future it will help them to respond it immediately. We are analyzing the operational impacts on patrolling or transgressions in Pangong Tso Lake area.”

Despite the Doklam incident, the Indo China border has restored peace through regular Border Personnel Meeting between the two countries. Indian and Chinese Soldiers also performed yoga in Eastern Ladakh to mark the growing trust. In 2017 the Chinese soldiers entered into Indian territory along the bank of Pangong Lake in Ladakh which affected people on both sides.

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