India Today - Ankit Kumar
The upcoming high-altitude Chinese airport in Tashkurgan is often touted as the future base for Chinese ambitions in Central Asia.
Recent satellite images suggest that the Chinese are developing protected underground facilities at the airport in Tashkurgan. Still under construction, the high-altitude airport is often touted as the future base for Chinese ambitions in Central Asia.
The proposed airport in Tashkurgan is in close proximity to the borders of Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK). It was in 2015 that China's civil aviation authorities first revealed their plans to construct an airport at the high altitudes of the Pamir plateau.
However, construction at this site began only in April 2020. This was almost a week before the first scuffle between Indian and Chinese armed forces in Ladakh's Pangong Tso was reported in May 2020.