China is increasing air power near eastern Ladakh, preparing a new base for fighter jets

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China has started compensating for its limited aircraft operations along the Line of Actual Control with India. According to sources, China is preparing an airbase for operations of fighter jets in Xinjiang province near Shakche in eastern Ladakh region. The news agency ANI quoted government sources as saying that this base is being built between the existing base of Kashgar and Hogan. Operations are already going on in both these places. With the help of the new base, the Chinese Air Force is trying to eliminate the gap. Right now there is a distance of 400 km between the two. There is an airbase in Shakche and it is being upgraded for fighter aircraft operations. Sources say that this base will be ready soon and work has been expedited here. At the same time, the eyes of Indian agencies are also fixed on the border of China with Barahoti on the Uttarakhand border. Here China has brought many unmanned aerial vehicles. They are flying in the area. Recently, the Chinese Air Force had also conducted an exercise on which India had also kept an eye and was ready for all kinds of action. A few weeks ago, a Wall Street Journal report claimed that China has deployed 15,000 more soldiers this time than the number of soldiers deployed during the Galwan violence. According to Indian intelligence and military officials, China’s People’s Liberation Army has gradually increased its military presence to over 50,000 over the past few months.

[Attribution to NBT]

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