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Beijing troops write "China" in huge letters on the controversial border with India


Beijing has claimed its controversial piece of land near the Indian border by writing the word "China" in large letters on it.

Satellite images show Mandarin characters that mean "China" and are written near the banks of Lake Pangong, a remote area of ​​controversial territory high in the Himalayas.

The troops also appear to have drawn a map of China on a portion of the lake shore that is near the location where violent clashes between Indian and Chinese troops occurred in May.

Satellite images appear to show Mandarin letters labeled "China" (left) and a map (right) scribbled on the coast of a lake near the controversial border with India

Pangong Lake, located at 14,000 feet in the Himalayas, is divided into "fingers" of the territory by India and China - marked with one to eight on this map. India takes up the entire coast up to eight fingers (margin shown above). China claims up to "finger four" (border shown in the middle of the map, with a controversial area in yellow). The Chinese script has appeared near this line, which is marked by the Chinese flag. Another Chinese base was built higher up on the coast, which is also marked with a Chinese flag

Pangong Lake, located at 14,000 feet in the Himalayas, is divided by India and China into "fingers" of the territory – marked with one to eight on this map. India takes up the entire coast up to eight fingers (margin shown above). China claims up to "finger four" (border shown in the middle of the map, with a controversial area in yellow). The Chinese script has appeared near this line, which is marked by the Chinese flag. Another Chinese base was built higher up on the coast, which is also marked with a Chinese flag

Lake Pangong lies on the controversial line of actual control, which roughly marks the boundary between the two nuclear-armed powers.

It is 75 miles south of the Galwan Valley, another area where clashes have taken place in recent months and where China has established new bases.

Indian and Chinese forces divide the Pangong area into "fingers" – ridges that run from the summit of a nearby mountain down to the lakeshore.

India claims ownership of the entire coast – from "Finger One" at the northwestern tip of the lake to "Finger Eight" at the southeastern end.

However, China has recently claimed the territory from "finger eight" to "finger four", which is approximately halfway along the coast.

The tip of "finger four" is where troops from both sides are said to have fought earlier this year after China was accused of hindering an Indian patrol.

Satellite images also show an apparently Chinese-made pier with a fast water craft parked at the base of "Finger five" (left) and a new building on the China-claimed side of "Finger four", where clashes occurred in May (right)

Satellite images also show an apparently Chinese-made pier with a fast water craft parked at the base of "Finger five" (left) and a new building on the China-claimed side of "Finger four", where clashes occurred in May (right)

China has built at least 186 huts (some of the huts in the picture) in controversial territory, which it claims are up to five miles inland, Indian media reported

China has built at least 186 huts (some of the huts in the picture) in controversial territory, which it claims are up to five miles inland, Indian media reported

India now accuses China of occupying the disputed territory and refusing to let its troops pass "finger four".

Analysis of the images taken by the Indian broadcaster NDTV also shows a significant Chinese construction in the controversial zone between fingers four and eight.

At least 186 huts are now visible along the stretch of coast and extend five miles over a ridge line that runs inland.

As the pictures show, there is also a significant construction at the top of "Finger four".

At the top of & # 39; finger five & # 39; a pier with two fast water craft was also built.

China and India have been involved in a series of border confrontations that have accused each other of the past few weeks.

India says it has deployed "large numbers" of troops to the region to match the size of the Chinese armed forces, which were increased in May (an Indian convoy pictured).

India says it has sent "large numbers" of troops to the region to match the size of the Chinese armed forces, which were increased in May (an Indian convoy pictured).

An Indian outpost is depicted on the Srinagar-Leh Highway, which leads from the nearby town of Srinagar to the disputed region

An Indian outpost is depicted on the Srinagar-Leh Highway, which leads from the nearby town of Srinagar to the disputed region

An Indian convoy moves into the mountain region at several points along the poorly marked border

An Indian convoy moves into the mountain region at several points along the poorly marked border

The most severe occurred in the Galwan Valley on June 15, when soldiers armed with spikes and stones were involved in a vicious battle that left 20 Indians and an unknown number of Chinese dead.

Soldiers fought hand in hand over a 1996 agreement that banned firearms and explosives from the border region.

Clashes also occurred on the banks of Pangong between May 5 and 6, when numerous troops were again involved in hand-to-hand combat.

Some Indian troops were injured so badly that they had to be evacuated by helicopter, although no casualties were reported.

Since the confrontation with the Galwan Valley, both sides have agreed to hold high-level military talks aimed at loosening up in the region.

However, India has admitted that "a large number" of its troops have been sent to the region, which it considers necessary to counter the build-up of the Chinese military that began in early May.

The lake is 75 miles south of the Galwan Valley, where 20 Indian troops were killed in clashes with the Chinese earlier this month and where China is also building new camps (image)

The lake is 75 miles south of the Galwan Valley, where 20 Indian troops were killed in clashes with the Chinese earlier this month and where China is also building new camps (image)

Beijing has refused to comment on the ongoing dispute.

The Himalayan border between India and China has been controversial for centuries, but the two countries have fought over it since the 1960s.

It was fought over by the Russian, Chinese, and British empires in the 18th century, and after India gained independence, ownership of the region became more confusing.

China appreciates the region because it offers a trade route to Pakistan, and recent hostilities have been sparked by fears in Beijing that India will cut it off from the crucial overland corridor.

The current official boundary between the two was set by the UK and is known as the McMahon Line. It is recognized by India, but not by China.

In reality, the border between the two countries is on the Actual Control Line (LAC) where Indian and Chinese forces ended after the 1962 Sino-Indian War.

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