BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:20 P.M.) – New satellite photos show that China has added new installations near the area where the border clash with India took place, raising fears of renewed tension between the two nuclear-armed neighbors.
Military leaders from India and China agreed on Monday to end a week-long standoff at several locations along the disputed border after the clash on June 15 in the Galwan Valley, in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed.
The satellite imagery, which shows new construction activity during the week after the clash, highlights the challenge facing disengagement and the possibility of the agreement collapsing because of the conflicting demands of both sides for sovereignty over the territories.
The pictures, taken by the American space technology company, “Maxar Technologies”, show Chinese structures along a cliff overlooking the Galwan River.
India says that the area in which the facilities were built is located on its side of the border of the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
China says the entire Gallowan Valley is its own and blames Indian forces for starting the clashes.
The new activity includes camouflaged tents or covered structures near the base of the slope and within close proximity to it, which may be a new camp under construction with walls or barriers.
On the Indian side, defensive barriers appear in the latest pictures, which were not shown in photos taken in May. An Indian front site was apparently downsized, compared to pictures taken a month ago.
Indian military officials had previously said they would monitor and verify the planned disengagement process on the ground.