Satellite Images Show India-China Troops Just 150 Metres Apart in Eastern Ladakh in February 2021


The India-China border dispute stretches from Ladakh in the north to Arunachal Pradesh in the east, covering a distance of 3,488km. Beijing claims that Arunachal Pradesh is a part of southern Tibet, while also countering the claim made by New Delhi on Depsang Plains and Gogra Post in Eastern Ladakh.

Days after India moved 50,000 troops to its border with China, satellite images emerged showing that Chinese troops were just 150 metres away in February from the Indian military in Eastern Ladakh.

The images on Google Earth show tents and housing for soldiers at an altitude of 17,000 feet in the Rezang La area of South Pangong. Earlier images from January this year suggested that tanks were less than 100 metres apart near the Kailash Range.

The images depict Indian Army positions and camouflage tents below the ridgeline. The alleged presence of the Indian Army in “Chinese territory” was also captured by the images. However, Army sources told NDTV that Indian soldiers were only deployed within India’s perception of the Line of Actual Control (LAC), which may not be the same as shown on Google Earth.

In February this year, India said its troops and Chinese forces had completely withdrawn from the disputed Lake Pangong Tso part of the Himalayan border.

The bloodiest clash in decades broke out between India and China in Pangong Tso last year. India said it lost 20 soldiers, whereas China reported four casualties. The standoff erupted on 5 May last year…

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