Sorry if I'm Johnny Come Lately to this. Just saw latest reportage from Indan Express re: Pangong Tso tent pitching against the PLA, etc.
What caught my eye was the detail that the Chinese are "forecefully" telling Indians to go back and not come past Finger 2. India's perception of the LAC is up to Finger 8. That's a huge land grab in between. Apparently the clash has happened around Finger 4. Supposedly, Indians "physically" control the area up unitl Finger 4.
May be it is the shitty Indian journalism or may be it is the Indian babus and military higher ups in Delhi evading hard questions.
I looked up on 3-D Google Earth. There is a fabulous looking road, plus what seems like a spur to a future tunnel underneath one of the Fingers. This is west of the marked LAC on google maps, for what that's worth. But this metaled road is built up much further west, up to Finger 2. Then it takes a mountain spur and goes off north. On Google maps, it looks like the road that connects up with Phobrang and Lukung much further west. There are a few green-topped buildings also, along the road...again, at Finger 2. Also about 8 large green-roofed buildings at the other end of the road, at Finger 8 where the road seems to go into the finger/mountain.
There is not a similar type of road on the other side of the marked LAC.
So is this really a road that BRO built?! I would be wowed if it did. But if that is the case, then how the heck are the PLA bringing large numbers of troops all the way up to Finger 4 and telling the IA/ITBP to push back to Finger 2??! if the BRO built the road, the IA/ITBP didn't secure it?
So confusing!https://indianexpress.com/article/india ... n-6418370/
Given the history of salami-slicing, I am assuming the worst, and that India has lost more land and more access to the Pangong Tso, with merely the farthest western stretch on nominal Indian control. I wouldn't be surprised if in about two more summers, the Chinese take full defacto control of the lake's northern shore, the full length... and then also secure the southern side, though there are a couple of settled locations on the southern side of the lake.
Who built this road? And who controls access to it? It looks to be really good quality road, which makes me think it's Chinese. And this road goes all the way to