China turns new civilian settlements near LAC into military infrastructure, satellite images reveal

Beautifully constructed houses, recreation facilities and roads, all disguised as civilian infrastructure near the Real Line of Control (LAC) on the Chinese side, are among the People’s Liberation Army’s new war tactics to improve its network. military.

These so-called civilian dwellings, part of integrated model villages, are only the extension of cantonments without population occupying these places close to the borders.

A set of seven new high-resolution satellite images, covering the Torsa River valley near the Bhutan-China border, highlights the possible execution of this new Chinese war strategy, which China hopes to deploy while along its western borders.

Images released on Sunday by space company Maxar Technologies showed a Chinese construction in a newly built Pangda village in the valley. However, the real story of the Chinese deception is not an isolated village with less than three dozen residential structures, but what goes with it.

India Today TV has learned that China has adopted a policy of establishing integrated dual-use villages near the borders that can be used as strategic military assets by the Chinese armed forces.

Images examined by India Today TV also clearly show newly constructed military storage bunkers and roads under construction at strategic locations across the village, revealing the actual use of such facilities in the border area.


The integrated villages are essentially an extension of the cantonments, near the border areas. The aim of these integrated model villages is to ensure the coexistence of the military and civilian population in the border areas of the sparsely populated Tibetan Autonomous Region, sources said. These are newly developed villages intended for the settlement of civilians, but that hardly happened.

Previously, India Today TV had reported the existence of such facilities along the area of ​​the Real Line of Control months before the standoff between the two sides began in May 2020. “The military and civilians can lash out. “Use. Development also strengthens claim on land if escalated. These are extensions of military cantonments,” an official said.

“If they were indeed intended for civilians, people would be living here. But these integrated villages remain largely unoccupied,” said a security establishment official.

Usually these villages also have reconnaissance towers. China has already established more than two dozen such integrated villages through the LAC, including in the eastern sector across from Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim.

Some of the villages established earlier are well connected by newly constructed Chinese four-lane roads. India has also adopted a policy of opening up some of the places near the LAC to tourists.


The new Chinese construction zone, seen in the footage about 9 km east of the site of the 2017 Indo-Chinese clash on the Doklam Plateau, has now established how China – under the guise of villages of civilians – is actually strengthening its military establishments near the borders.

The high-resolution images, captured by Maxar’s less than half a meter high-resolution commercial satellite, Geoeye 1, focus on new buildings, roads under construction and military bunkers in and around the village of Pangda. The structures in the village appear to have been built in the past 12 months.

But the construction of the village is not the only characteristic of these images. New military storage bunkers, installed on tactical heights confirm what Indian agencies have long suspected. China could set up an integrated dual-use village, designed to assist its military operations near the crucial Bhutan border.

Maxar analysts, who analyzed the footage, told India Today TV that there has clearly been significant construction activity this year throughout the Torsa River Valley region for an extensive road network, as well as new military storage bunkers near the Doklam region.

Another important feature of the images is the ongoing construction of roads in the river valley. Photos taken on October 29 earlier this year show heavy earthmovers deployed on the ground, suggesting that construction work on the road may still be in its initial stages. The establishment of such integrated villages in the border area offers the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) a strategic advantage. Previously, Bhutan had rejected reports that the Chinese had established villages inside Bhutanese territory at Doklam. “There is no Chinese village inside Bhutan,” Bhutan envoy to India, Major General Vetsop Namgyel, told India Today.

It is not the only construction by China near the Doklam clash site. The construction by PLA in the Chumbi Valley, on the border of Sikkim and Bhutan has been noticed. The construction activity south of PLA Gyantse camp which started in August 2019 is almost complete and two new buildings, 12 hangars have appeared with another tall structure.

Another new building in Dejabu in the Chumbi Valley is used by PLA. It appears that these new buildings are intended to accommodate additional troops if necessary.

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