One Year After Galwan Battle: China ‘Reasserts Claim Over Ladakh With More Infra, Bomber Trials’


As India and China approach the first anniversary of the Galwan clash, there is still no concrete solution to the ongoing border dispute. Reportedly, 20 Indian and four Chinese soldiers were killed in a deadly altercation in eastern Ladakh, on 15-16 June 2020.

China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has begun a domestic promotional campaign to highlight success achieved in the Galwan clash with India last year. Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC), groups formed by the PLA are hoisting China’s national flag “once raised on Pangong Lake” across the country as a show of military strength.

A large number of the country’s most advanced J-20 stealth fighter jets participated in a rehearsal for celebration activities during the anniversary.

On Monday, The Hindu reported, citing intelligence sources, that the PLA has built additional accommodations, both permanent and temporary, in Rudok, Kangxiwar, Gyantse and the Golmud areas of Ladakh region.

“Construction of field hospitals and procurement of additional snow mobility vehicles by the PLA also indicate that they are preparing for the long haul and permanent winter occupation of these posts,” a source told the publication.

India’s intel reports also suggest that Beijing has been conducting final trials of its H-20 strategic stealth bombers at its Hotan airbase some 250km northeast of Karakoram Pass and 380km from the Finger 4 area…

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