While the troops of China have remained in the Pangong area around Depsang, there are signs of hectic infrastructural development and improvements in the radar station all along the line of actual control in the last few weeks. New camps have been detected in not just Ladakh, but worryingly, in the Chumbi Valley, which almost divides Sikkim and Bhutan.
There are two new camps being built in the Rodok area, East of Ladakh, northeast of the PLA camp in Gobak, which roughly on 33°N latitude and 79° E longitude. Both camps, being called Complex 1 and 2 are big. In fact, Complex 2 has 36 buildings under construction, Complex 1, having 24.
South of Gyantse, a PLA camp in the Chumbi Valley, there’s more construction for a year. Two buildings, 12 sheds and a tall, unidentified structure, are being worked on. Also in the Chumbi Valley, in Dejabu, in Yatung, there is a building and unusually, bunkers under construction for PLA personnel.
At Bumdro, opposite Kameng in Arunachal Pradesh, China has built six concrete huts for PLA patrols that come right up to the Line of Actual Control (LoAC), in the Mera La, Thagla and Yangtse areas.
A new camp has been spotted in Sangsam in Shannan, Tibet. This is roughly north of Bhutan. It began with a road linking Sangsam and Chayul Dzong Now, two buildings have come up. All along the LoAC, radar stations of China are sprouting.
In Yecheng, north of Jammu and Kashmir, there’s a new building and watchtower under construction, with the number of radars increasing. The radars identified are JY-9, JY-26, HGR-105 and JLC-88B.
There’s a radar station of China at Pari or Phari Kyarang La. This one is opposite Sikkim. There are four radars here. The radar facility in Yamdrok Tso, opposite Bhutan, is being built up.
The Tsona Dzong area, north of Arunachal Pradesh, appears to be another radar hub. About 6 km northeast of Tsona is the Cuona electronic warfare station. This site has three radomes, three radars and five support buildings. At another surveillance station 2.5 km from Tsona, also to the north-east, there are signs of a buildup.
Close to Ketchen Tsho, North East of Sumdorung Chu, the place in Arunachal where the PLA and the Indian Army were eyeballs to eyeball in the Eighties, there is a radome, a control building and antenna masks.
At Qomo Dzong, north of Arunachal Pradesh, there’s a radome, a control building and a JY-24 radar. Near Linzhi, about 20 km northeast of the town, again north of Arunachal Pradesh, there are at least two radars.