In a recent development, China is developing an airbase for fighter aircraft operations close to the Eastern Ladakh area in Shakche town in the Xinjiang province, in the middle of an ongoing military standoff with India, according to sources.
As per sources, Shakche town already has an airbase, and it is being upgraded for fighter aircraft operations. The new base for fighter operations will fill the gap for the Chinese Air Force in this region. According to Government sources, the base is being built between the existing airbases of Kashgar and Hogan, which have been carrying out fighter operations along the Indian border for a long time.
According to a report published last week, the Chinese Army was building a permanent concrete structure near the Line of Actual Control (LAC), which will allow its troops to access the disputed areas with India in a very short time.
Senior Government sources told ANI that one such camp is coming up a few kilometers inside the Chinese territory opposite the Naku La area in the northern Sikkim area, which is barely a few minutes away from the area where Indian and Chinese troops clashed last year when the confrontation started and also in January 2021.
Besides this, the Indian agencies are also monitoring an airfield near the Uttarakhand border in Barahoti with China, where the Chinese have brought in a large number of unmanned aerial vehicles which are continuously flying in that region.