Bhubaneswar: China’s forces within the Galwan Valley have intruded 423 metres into Indian territory, an incursion which appears to be nicely forward of Beijing’s personal 1960 Claim Line within the area, a report published on NDTV today stated.
High resolution satellite images procured by NDTV indicate that as of June 25, there were 16 Chinese tents and tarpaulins, one large shelter and at least 14 vehicles in this 423 metre stretch of Indian territory.
The Chinese claim of 1960 including the exact latitude and longitude of what Beijing believed to be its boundary in this area has been spelt out in ”Report of the Officials of the Governments of India and the People’s Republic of China on the Boundary Question.”
“The document, published by the Ministry of External Affairs in 1960-1961, lists Indian questions and the Chinese responses in talks held between the two sides. In response to an Indian question on the height of some peaks and location of specific passes, the Chinese side lists a series of specific coordinates of their claim, including in the Galwan river area.” According to this, “after the alignment passed over the two peaks, it went south along the mountain ridge, where it crossed the Galwan river at Long. 78° 13′ E, Lat. 34° 46′ N.”
“A simple search of these coordinates on Google Earth Pro indicates the precise location of this line in the Galwan Valley. The areas to the immediate north of these coordinates should be Indian territory. Instead, as the satellite pictures indicate, there is a clear incursion here. The measurement tool on Google Earth Pro indicates that the Chinese are in occupation of 423 metres of Indian territory along the Galwan river bank to the north of its own Claim Line,” the report published on NDTV added.
Reports indicate that China has already made major incursions in the Fingers region of the Pangong Lake in Ladakh and may be attempting to close in to the area near the Indian Air Force’s air strip at Daulat Beg Oldie near the Karakoram Pass to the north.
The Chinese incursion in Galwan and continued construction activity in Indian territory clearly indicate that China may have no immediate plans to vacate the area. In fact, satellite images of Galwan clearly indicate a consolidation of Chinese positions in Galwan, both within Indian territory and on their side of the Line of Actual Control.
This includes broadening of the valley, establishing at least 16 camps within a span of 9 kilometres, creating culverts over the Galwan river (on their side of the LAC) and positioning hundreds of heavy trucks and earth-moving equipment, the report on NDTV read.