Satellite image of Chinese military bases in Ladakh

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Satellite image of China Armed Forces positions in the line of actual control in Ladakh region, bordering India.

Overview of Tianwendian post on 25 February 2021. SAR image Capella Space
Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) images of a permanent Chinese post, generated by illuminating radio waves during the night, provide glimpses of the Chinese buildup near the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

Situated at a distance of about 24 km opposite India’s highest airstrip Daulet Beg Oldie (DBO) in Ladakh, PLA’s Tianwendian post is an all-season post in Aksai Chin.

The post was established after the 1962 war and has seen consistent upgrades over the past few years.

The latest imagery suggests that its main building has seen additional auxiliary structures, camps, vehicles and fencing since August 2020.

Indian and Chinese troops have implemented stepwise disengagement in eastern Ladakh’s Galwan and Pangong Tso area, ending the long standoff between the two ground forces.

However, the longstanding standoff persists at more than one location in the Depsang region of Ladakh.