fredag 14. januar 2022

In Latest Threat To India, China Builds Illegal Villages Inside Bhutan

High-resolution satellite imagery sourced by NDTV confirms that China may be constructing at least two large, interconnected villages well within the territory of Bhutan. These lie less than 30 km from the Doklam plateau where India and China had a tense stand-off in 2017 when Indian soldiers physically blocked Chinese road construction activity. Since then, China has bypassed Indian positions to resume road construction activity from another axis, just nine kilometres from the Doklam face-off site. It has also constructed at least one full-fledged village, first identified by NDTV, with satellite images in November 2020.

According to Damien Symon, a leading GEOINT researcher at Intel Lab, who first identified the new sites in November last year, this is ''irrefutable evidence of ongoing construction and development activity in an area disputed by China and Bhutan.'' The images show "multiple 'chalet-like' structures [which] are visible, with more under construction.''