Beijing has put its claim on a disputed piece of land near the border with India on the map by writing the word ‘China’ in large letters.
Satellite images show Mandarin characters meaning ‘China’ written near the shore of Pangong Lake, a remote area of disputed territory high in the Himalayas.
Troops also seem to have drawn a map of China on a section of the lake shore, which is close to the site of brutal hand-to-hand fighting between Indian and Chinese forces in May.
Satellite images show what resemble Mandarin letters spelling ‘China’ (left) and a map of the country (right) scribbled on the shoreline of a lake near the disputed border with India
Located at 14,000 feet in the Himalayas, Pangong Lake is divided into ‘fingers’ of the territory of India and China – marked on this map as one to eight. India claims the entire coastline, up to finger eight (border shown at top). China claims up to ‘finger four’ (border shown in the center of the map, with disputed area in yellow). Chinese writing has appeared close to that line, marked by the Chinese flag. A further Chinese base has been built further up the coast, also marked with a Chinese flag
Pangong Lake lies along the disputed rule of de facto control, which roughly marks the boundary between the two nuclear-armed forces.