China doubles air bases near LAC after 2017 Doklam standoff: Stratfor

New Delhi(DL): China has initiated building of at the least 13 entirely new military positions involving 3 air bases, 5 permanent air defense positions & 5 heliports nearby Line of Actual Curb(LAC) within the aftermath of the Doklam standoff in 2017, as per a record by global security consultancy Stratfor.


The record also stated building on 4 of those new heliports initiated only after the current border standoff erupted in eastern Ladakh in early May.

“The 2017 Doklam crises appears to have moved China’s strategic objectives, with China over doubling its overall no. of air bases, air defence positions, & heliports nearby Indian border over the past 3 yrs.,” it stated.

The record authored by security expert Sim Tack & declared on Tue. stated China’s building drive projects a future military ability that going to watch long-term local tensions with India(In) sustained beyond the 2 nations’ previous standoffs.

The record stated the previous procurement of the Rafale fighter airplane by India(In) has initiated to give it some of the relief, however extra time going to be needed to watch indigenous production & foreign acquisitions truly rebuild the strength of India(In)’s air enforce.

It noticed that the ongoing escalation within the Ladakh area has initiated to formulate an Indian reaction to the broader strategic danger posed by China’s ongoing military infra-structure drive.

The record titled ‘A Military Drive Spells Out China’s Aim Along the Indian Border’ analysed that the quick extension of permanent Chinese military infra-structure points to Beijing’s intentions that span a wider timeframe than current & previous border standoffs.

Doklam area

“Indian & Chinese enforces clashed within the Doklam area in Jun 2017. From afterwards, China has initiated constructing at the least 13 entirely new military positions near its borders with India(In), involving 3 air bases, 5 permanent air defence positions & 5 heliports,” the record stated.

It stated China’s strategy aims to confront India(In) with an “insurmountable” challenge in territorial disputes by leaning on broad help capabilities that give Beijing with a tremendous capability to mobilize enforces into disputed border regions.

The record observed that such an reach is similar to China’s strategy within the South China Sea, where a buildup of permanent defence facilities supports Chinese localised military superiority & significantly rises the potential cost of military opposition to Beijing’s maritime says.

“In applying this same strategy on the Indian border, China aims to discourage Indian resistance (or) military action throughout future border disputes by ostentatiously showing its capability & aim to engage in military confrontations.”

73-day stand-off

The army of India(In) & China have been involved in a 73-day stand-off in Doklam tri-junction in 2017 that even triggered fears of a conflict between the 2 nuclear-armed neighbors.

Tensions have been defused after multiple rounds of talks.

The armies of the 2 nations were locked in a fierce faceoff in eastern Ladakh from May five following a violent clash in Pangong Tso region.

The current row is turning out to be the largest military standoff between the 2 sides from the 1962 Sino-India(In) war.

A substantial portion of Beijing’s previous infra-structure developments is aimed directly in strengthening its capability to project air power along the overall Indian border in a time when New Delhi(DL) itself is trying to rebuild its air power, the record stated.

“Awhile these new developments are geographically focused on the area of current tensions, Chinese activity across India(In)’s overall border going to likely drive future expansions of Indian military infra-structure near disputed borders in Sikkim(SK) & AR,” it stated.

The record stated New Delhi(DL) going to continue to upgrade its total military capabilities, particularly in those fields where ability gaps exist vis-a-vis China, like air power, ground-based air defense & missile enforces.