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China Builds 200 Army Camps Between Aksai Chin To Siachen Glacier

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The Chinese Army has built more than 200 new shelters in the strategic area between Aksai Chin and the Siachen Glacier to provide support to the Chinese army present there in winter, as per media reports.  

"According to the information, as per the Indian concept of LAC, PLA has built pre-fabricated shelters for the soldiers sitting about 15 to 18 km, like the Indian Army has been installing in Siachen Glacier."
 
Most of these camps have been set up after Xi Jinping was elected president for a third term in October, Daily excelsior reported. 
 
"The Chinese Army encroached on 5 areas of Ladakh in 2020, from where it has returned, but the old incursions in Depsang and Damchowk remain intact. Due to the presence of Chinese soldiers in Depsang, the Indian Army is not able to go up to the traditional Patrol Points (PP) 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14. In Senior Commander-level talks, India has been registering objections on Depsang and Damchowk. It is clear from the construction of new shelters in Depsang that the Chinese PLA has no intention of withdrawing troops." 
 
Meanwhile, citing media reports that China has built shelters in the Depsang area in Ladakh, the Congress today questioned the Government’s “silence” over the issue and asked what steps were being taken by it to ensure re status quo ante of April 2020.
 
Congress spokesperson Supriya Shrinate also attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his handshake with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit in Indonesia last month.
 
There was no immediate reaction from the Government to the Congress’ allegations.
 
While the Congress has been attacking the Government over its handling of the border issues with China, officials have maintained that India has significantly enhanced its border infrastructure in recent years with the Centre giving a major boost to such efforts following the eastern Ladakh standoff.
 
“On November 15, Modi met Xi Jinping, the Chinese head of state. He was not showing angry red eyes, he was adorning a red shirt and I wonder what he talked about as he met Xi Jinping after the supreme sacrifice of 20 of our Bravehearts," Shrinete said at a press conference at the AICC headquarters here.
 
Citing media reports, she said that in the area of Depsang, China has built temperature-regulated “shelters” that help any army personnel to be stationed permanently.
 
“Two hundred such shelters have been built by China in our territory 15-18 km inside the LAC (Line of Actual Control),” she alleged.
 
Why has there not been a single statement from Prime Minister Modi, his Government, or the Ministry of External Affairs Shrinete asked. 
 
(Agencies)