New Delhi ramps up defence bases along Chinese border

Oct 07 2013, 11:29 IST
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SummaryAs part of its efforts to ramp up defence infrastructure along the border with China

a number of years. Funds have now been released. We expect that by 2016, most of them will be ready," he said.

The ALGs in the northeast include Ziro, Passighat, Walong, Tuting and Mechuka.

“ From a military perspective, Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO) and its airstrip are very important to India. On the south of Karakoram pass, DBO allows India to put in place a booby trap to snap the Sino-Pak road link and guard the eastern flank to the Siachen glacier. Later this year, as the snow sets in across Ladakh and makes the terrain inhospitable, Chinese outposts will have to be withdrawn,” opined another keen observer of the Sino-India relations.

“Restoring status quo and extracting a peace dividend is in the long-term economic and geopolitical interest for both sides.’

“Of apparently greater concern to Beijing is the growing Indian capability in Ladakh. India has moved at least two additional infantry brigades into southeastern Ladakh and an armoured brigade will become operational by 2017. ALGs have been activated in Nyoma, Fukche and DBO,” pointed out experts.

The IAF had recently created a record of sorts by landing its C-130J Special operations aircraft at the DBO ALG, which is situated at an altitude of over 16,000 feet and is close to Depsang Valley where Chinese troops had infiltrated and pitched their tents for 21 days earlier this year.

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