India deploys new docks, upgrades speedboats for Pangong Tso patrol

Source: The post is based on the article “India deploys new docks, upgrades speedboats for Pangong Tso patrol” published in The Hindu on 17th November 2022

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The Indian Army has deployed new landing docks and speedboats for patrolling on the Pangong Tso in eastern Ladakh, matching the Chinese deployments on the lake.

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What has been the point of friction between India and China at Pangong Tso lake?
Pangong Tso Lake
Source: Indian Express

Pangong Tso Lake has been an area of constant friction between India and China for a long time.

India holds about one-third of the 135-km-long lake while the rest is under China’s control.

The lake has mountain spurs of the Chang Chenmo range jutting down referred to as ‘fingers’.

India and China have a different understandings of where the Line of Actual Control(LAC) passes through. 

India has maintained that the LAC passes through Finger 8, which has been the site of the final military post of China. But Indian forces have not had active control beyond Finger 4.

On the other hand, China says the LAC passes through Finger 2. It has been patrolling up to Finger 4 mostly in light vehicles and at times up to Finger 2.

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