Satellite Images Capture China’s PLA Build-Up In Ladakh: Galwan Valley

After the violent face-off at Galwan valley, China has increased its military activity in the Galwan valley. As per two senior officials and satellite images of the area, China has increased its military activity with a lot of soldiers, military vehicles, earth-moving machinery, and erection of structures, at the point where Indian and Chinese troops had a face-off.

Many satellite images confirm this claim. US firm Maxar Technologies released a satellite image showing PLA holding ground in Gawan valley as well as shoring of military positions in the area.

In the night of May 15, Galwan valley saw clashes broke out between Indian soldiers and Chinese. After the clash, the Chinese military stated that they have not directly made sovereignty for decades over whole Galwan alley.

20 Indian soldiers were killed in the violent face-off. This marked a sharp escalation in tensions between the two countries, who had reportedly been in the midst of a process of disengagement from their stand-off that began six weeks ago.
Not only the Chinese army, but the Chinese foreign ministry too confirmed that Indian troops have illegally crossed the border.

Hindustan Times reported, Officials and China watchers, who reviewed the images for Hindustan Times, said the visuals clearly indicated a Chinese buildup and also a new outpost for carrying out surveillance on Indian areas. But they also added that it was important to give the armies time to disengage and pointed to the complexities of satellite imagery.

Further reporting it said what a senior official told that the Indian army is keeping a close watch on the LAC. They are fully prepared for any possible action from PLA. The army is well prepared for taking their guards up until there is no disengagement on the ground. Moreover, the experts said that India has to remain cautious.

Retired Lieutenant General, Vinod Bhatia said that it is tricky to interpret the satellite image, reported HT. Wrong interpretation can lead to incorrect conclusions. He further said, as reported by HT that there are chances of some information to be correct.

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