China’s military buildup has been maintained and the upgrade of infrastructure continued along the LAC since 2022. Further reports from the Pentagon disclosed that the developments have increased in the midst of border tensions between the U.S. and India.A report from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Pentagon headquarters disclosed that since 2022, China’s military buildup and the deployment of its forces have increased. Further reports say the East Asian country also continued the upgrade of its military infrastructure including the dual-purpose airport, several helipads, underground storage facilities, new roads in the Line of Actual Control (LAC), new villages in Bhutan, and a second bridge over the Pangong Lake.
An article in India Today states that the increase in China’s military buildup and the upgrade of its infrastructure were put together in the midst of the border tensions between the U.S. and India. Further reports say both troops from China and India put up with more than 3 years of battle in eastern Ladakh despite extensive military and diplomatic talks.
Cause of China’s Military Buildup
According to an article in The Wire, following the battle between the Chinese and Indian patrols in Galwan Valley in June 2020, the Western Theater Command implemented China’s military buildup which deployed the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) along the LAC. Further reports say the deployments will most likely continue until this year.