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    Lhasa - Shigatse rail line operational from August
    Phuntsok Yangchen



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    China also plans to extend its rail network close to Arunachal Pradesh in India which in the recent past has been prone to Chinese incursions.

    China reasserts claim to bordering lands in India
    Wed, Nov 15, 2006

    China's ambassador to India reiterated his country's claim to a wide swath of northeastern India, prompting a sharp rebuke from Indian officials yesterday, barely a week before the Chinese president travels to India on a state visit.

    India and China fought a war in 1962 over India's Arunachal Pradesh state and the Aksai Chin region of Jammu-Kashmir.

    China grabbed territory in both areas in the war, but did not get all it wanted.

    Chinese Ambassador Sun Yuxi (孫玉璽) repeated the claim in an interview broadcast on Monday night, telling the CNN-IBN news channel that "the whole of what you call the state of Arunachal Pradesh is the Chinese territory. ... We are claiming the whole of that."
    Early yesterday Indian officials struck back.

    "Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India," Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee said.

    "The important thing is that the raising of the issue just before the Chinese president's visit does not add to the climate that should be positive," said Sujit Dutta, an expert on Chinese affairs who is associated with the government-run Institute of Defense Studies and Analyses.

    Chinese President Hu Jintao (胡錦濤) is scheduled to visit India from Monday to next Thursday. Hu will call on the Indian president and hold talks with the prime minister.

    India and China have long had adversarial relations. Their territorial dispute covers 125,000km2 of land along their mountainous frontier.


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      Jun 14, 2008

      BANGALORE - India has reopened its Daulat Beg Oldi airfield in Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir after a gap of more than four decades. Located a stone's throw from Aksai Chin - a part of Jammu and Kashmir province that has been under Chinese occupation since 1962 - the Daulat Beg Oldi airfield will improve India's logistical support to its troops deployed along its 4,057-kilometer disputed frontier with China.

      Construction of Highest Air Strip in the World

      The air strips at Daulat Beg Oldi and Leh, in Ladakh Region of Jammu & Kashmir, were constructed by The Bengal Sappers at altitudes of 7,490 feet and 11,100 feet respectively.

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      Mr. John Pike's Global Security Website gives a view of the Leh Valley and the orientation of the air field in the Tactical Pilotage Chart (left) . On the right can be seen the Runway for Ladakh.

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      "...Colonel Howe ... made a pioneering flight up into the rugged mountains of Ladakh....Howe probed his way down through thin air, descending at 2000 feet per minute, dodging peaks and abutments with 90 degree turns , then - after a 270 degree turn into the approach - slammed down on the PSP Steel plating on the Landing strip of Leh...."

      A Veteran recollects: Flying the An-12 into Ladakh.