China deploys HQ-9 and HQ-16 SAM in Galwan Valley

Chinese soldiers have built scores of trenches, prefabricated huts, bunkers and fortifications after seizing the ‘Finger-4 to 8’ area on the north bank of Pangong Lake in an extensive build-up since early-May. They have also captured of the nearby heights and ridgeline to dominate the area, according to Times of India.

Zee News in its reports claims that China has not only rapidly increased the number of soldiers along the LAC but has also stationed ground-to-air HQ 16 and HQ 9 missiles at the contentious India-China border. The HQ 16 missile has a range of 40 km while HQ 9 can hit targets up to 200 km.

In its comprehensive prime time report, Zee news states that China has also stationed heavy artillery,  missiles and anti-aircraft guns in the Depsang area near the LAC not very far from picturesque Pangong Lake.

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It clearly shows the Chinese PLA  troops have no intention of leaving the area any time soon. We, too, have counter-mobilised with additional Army and ITBP troops in the area since May for any eventuality. We want restoration of status quo ante, with the PLA pulling back to its original position,” TOI quoted an Indian official.

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