Part of its infra push into Tibet, the Lhasa-Nagqu stretch is called the world’s highest highway
Continuing to build infrastructure in Tibet, China has completed a key section of the Beijing-Lhasa highway, a 295 km stretch from Lhasa to Nagqu. This section is located at an average elevation of 4,500 meters above sea level, which Chinese state media has called the world’s highest highway.
In a separate development opposite the central sector of Uttarakhand, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has installed surveillance equipment and cameras in front of the Kio Dhura pass, according to information provided by the intelligence services.
“The yellow balloon-shaped surveillance equipment is co-located with a wind turbine and solar panel on site,” according to the entries.
Join PLA orders
The Lhasa-Nagqu section is part of the G6 Beijing-Lhasa highway and is the first highway connecting Lhasa, the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region in northern Tibet. It also links the PLA’s Central Theater Command to the Western Theater Command, which is responsible for the border with India, an official source said.
“A major section of the highway between Nagqu and Yangbaijain in the Lhasa-Nagqu section was put into operational testing on August 21. Upon completion of the Lhasa-Nagqu section, the driving time between Lhasa and Nagqu was reduced from six hours to three hours, ”an official source said.
The completed highway will pass through seven major cities in China, including Beijing, Hebei, Inland Mangolia, Ningxia, Gansu, Qinghai and Lhasa, over an approximate length of 3,710 km, the official added.
In the middle of the Ladakh dead end
China has built massive infrastructure in Tibet that has continued throughout the standoff along the Real Line of Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh with India since May of last year. The infrastructure includes dual-use airfields, roads, accommodation for troops, ammunition depots, among others.
In June, China launched a high-speed train connecting Lhasa to Nyingchi, a Tibetan town strategically located near Arunachal Pradesh.
Continuing regular exercises in the region, the PLA conducted two live fire exercises under its Xinjiang Military District (XMD) during the first week of September, officials said.
The 8th Mountain Infantry Division’s artillery regiment conducted a live fire exercise using 155mm PCL-181 vehicle-mounted howitzer cannons on the high-altitude plateau, an official said. Likewise, the 31st Regiment of the 11th PLA Mountain Division conducted live fire and assessment exercises using rapid-fire mortars mounted on the PCD-001 vehicle in the high altitude area, added the responsible.
During the first week of September, the Indian Army also conducted an exercise with armored elements in the very high altitude area of Ladakh at an altitude of over 15,000 feet under the auspices of the 14 Corps based in Leh . This was carried out by the Snow Leopard armored brigade located in Nyoma, very close to the Chushul range on the south bank of Pangong Tso.
Last August, during the clash, the two sides deployed heavy tanks a few hundred meters apart. These, along with other armored elements and troops, were withdrawn as part of the first phase of disengagement on both sides of Pangong Tso in February this year.
Another round of disengagement was undertaken in the Gogra region of eastern Ladakh in August, following an agreement during the Corps Commander’s 12th round of talks as part of the overall disengagement efforts and de-escalation in eastern Ladakh to end the stalemate.