(Karachi) Chinese forces have inscribed a massive Mandarin symbol and map of China onto the ground they occupy in the contested Fingers region of Ladakh’s Pangong Lake in a claim to disputed territory.
The inscriptions, located between ‘Finger 4’ and ‘Finger 5’ measure approximately 81 metres in length and 25 metres in breadth and can be spotted by imagery satellites.
As per details, 'Fingers' in the region refers to the spurs which extend to the banks of the high-altitude Pangong Lake.
India has been claiming land from 'Finger 1' to 'Finger 8' while China believes it has rights to patrol from 'Finger 8' to 'Finger 4'. At the moment, 'Finger 4' is the boundary between the two sides after clashes between troops from both sides in which more than 20 Indian soldiers were killed while several others were injured.
China and India have agreed to reduce tensions a week after clashes on their disputed Himalayan border. Indian and Chinese troops have been engaged in a standoff since early May at several points in the Galwan Valley, a disputed Himalayan area along the 3,500-km (2,200-mile) Line of Actual Control (LAC), the de facto border between the world's two most populous countries, most of which remains undemarcated.