A news report by Times Now points out that China has increased the number of fighter jets tremendously in Tibetian Autonomous region near Dokalam. As per the reports and data available, the usual sorties that Chinese air force has made in Tibet Autonomous region in January is 47, 32 in February, 19 in March and 17 in April which is very low, and when there were no tensions but the number of sorties has increased to is 268 in May, 164 in June and 166 in July 2017. Amid the ongoing crisis, this increase in the number of sorties and presence of fighter planes in this region is a matter of concern for India. It is reported that Chinese are using their latest warplanes – J 11 for this purpose so that pilots can get an idea of weather and terrain.
As per stats available, China has five fully operational bases in Tibet currently. While the number of bases of Lhasa-Gongka has increased from 20 to 25 with the comparison of what they had before. As per Times Now, there are 12 fighter planes in Kashi, eight in Hoping and 3 in Hotan.
Also, the Chinese Air Force TU-154 aircraft which is primarily used for surveillance of the nearby areas is taking a lot of sorties in order to map the terrain better. If we include Chines Sukhoi – 27UBK and Sukhoi- 30 MKK fighters along with others like surveillance, transport, and VVIP movement, then the total number of sorties per months is more than 100 which is alarming for India. It is said that Chinese are managing and maintaining their bases so as to prepare for anything in future.