Satellite images show Chinese fighter jets deployed to base in Tibet

The following Google Earth screenshots were taken by The Aviationist reader Nicolae Sinu.

They show the airfield in Tibet where five Chinese J-11 fighter jets (indigenous Su-27 Flankers) appear to be based.

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The base is a part of Chinese strategy of widening China’s power in the Indian region and it is considered to be a response to the Indian air bases of Chabua and Tezpur in Assam region.

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Image credit: Google Earth

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