Are China and India bound for another deadly border clash?

Imagery of the disputed Aksai Chin territory reveals new Chinese military infrastructure and an increased strategic threat to India, write John Pollock and Damien Symon.

The World Today Updated 13 June 2023 Published 2 June 2023 3 minute READ

Damien Symon

Geo-intelligence researcher, The Intel Lab

India is facing continuing instability in a Himalayan flashpoint. The region of Aksai Chin has long been contested by India and China and was the site of deadly clashes between the two Asian powers three years ago.

Satellite images taken in the six months from October 2022 show a region increasingly in flux. Where once there were scattered People’s Liberation Army (PLA) checkpoints and rudimentary positions on the Chinese side of the poorly demarcated Line of Actual Control, now there is an established Chinese presence.

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