China Steps Up Surveillance Along Strategic Lake With Patrol Boat

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Beijing: China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has developed and deployed a new type of non-metallic patrol boat on the Pangong lake that falls between Ladakh in India and Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) to strengthen its border forces.

It has also built a surveillance camera network and is planning to deploy a satellite early-warning monitoring system in some border areas, state media reports said. It was near the strategic Pangong lake, located at a height of more than 4,250 metres near the disputed border between the two countries, that Indian and Chinese soldiers clashed last August over allegations of territorial intrusions.

The area has a history of confrontation between border troops of the two countries. Last year’s incident occurred in the midst of the military standoff in Doklam near the Sikkim border.

The deployment of new patrol boats is part of PLA’s larger plan of strengthening its border outposts. “At Pangong Lake, which at an altitude of 4,250 metres is divided between Southwest China’s TAR and India, the PLA has put a new patrol boat into use, made of non-metallic materials. The craft has a top speed of 40 kilometres per hour and can resist ice collisions,” the Beijing Evening News said in a report.

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