A report on Aksai ChinXinjiang and Ladakh

Map of Central Asia (1873) from T. Douglas Forsyth. Khotan is near top right corner. The border claimed by the British Indian Empire is shown in the two-toned purple and pink band with Shahidulla and the Kilik, Kilian and Sanju Passes north of the border.
The map shows the Indian and Chinese claims of the border in the Aksai Chin region, the Macartney-MacDonald line, the Foreign Office Line, as well as the progress of Chinese forces as they occupied areas during the Sino-Indian War.
Dzungaria (Red) and the Tarim Basin or Altishahr (Blue)
South Asia in 565 CE
The map given by Hung Ta-chen to the British consul at Kashgar in 1893. The boundary, marked with a thin dot-dashed line, matches the Johnson line:pp. 73, 78
Northern Xinjiang (Junggar Basin) (Yellow), Eastern Xinjiang- Turpan Depression (Turpan Prefecture and Hami Prefecture) (Red) and Altishahr/the Tarim Basin (Blue)
The empire of Kyide Nyimagon divided among his three sons, c. 930 CE. The border between Ladakh/Maryul and Guge-Purang is shown in a thin dotted line, north of Gartok
Postal map of China published by the Republic of China in 1917. The boundary in Aksai Chin is as per the Johnson line.
Physical map showing the separation of Dzungaria and the Tarim Basin (Altishahr) by the Tien Shan Mountains
Royal drinking scene at Alchi Monastery, Ladakh, circa 1200 CE. The king wears a decorated Qabā', of Turco-Persian style. It is similar to [[:File:Royal drinking scene at the entrance of the western monastery at Manguy, 11th to 13th century CE.jpg|another royal scene]] at nearby Mangyu Monastery.
Map including the Aksai Chin region (AMS, 1950)
Map of Han Dynasty in 2 CE. Light blue is the Tarim Basin protectorate.
Jama Masjid of Leh next to the Leh Palace
A 1988 CIA map of the western Indo-Chinese border, showing Aksai Chin and other contested territories
Old Uyghur/Yugur art from the Bezeklik murals
Thikse Monastery, Ladakh
The Tarim River Basin, 2008
The Tarim Basin in the 3rd century AD
The empire of kings Tsewang Namgyal and Jamyang Namgyal, about 1560–1600 CE
Northern plains of Aksai Chin looking towards Qitai Daban (Khitai Dawan)
A Sogdian man on a Bactrian camel. Sancai ceramic statuette, Tang dynasty
Cham dance during Dosmoche festival in Leh Palace
Mongol states from the 14th to the 17th centuries: the Northern Yuan dynasty, Four Oirat, Moghulistan and Kara Del
The disputed territory of the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir: divided between Pakistan (green), India (blue) and China (yellow)
The Dzungar–Qing Wars, between the Qing Dynasty and the Dzungar Khanate
National Highway No 1
The Battle of Oroi-Jalatu in 1756, between the Manchu and Oirat armies
Ladakh (L) shown in the wider Kashmir region
The Qing Empire ca. 1820
Map of the central Ladakh region
Scene from the 1828 Qing campaign against rebels in Altishahr
The confluence of the Indus (flowing left-to-right) and Zanskar (coming in from top) rivers.
Yakub Beg, ruler of Yettishar
The Ladakh region has high altitude
19th-century Khotan Uyghurs in Yettishar
View of Leh Town Along with Stok Kangri
Kuomintang in Xinjiang, 1942
Monthly average temperature in Leh
Governor Sheng Shicai ruled from 1933 to 1944.
The black-necked crane comes to India every year for breeding. Photograph has been taken at Tso Kar, Ladakh.
The Soviet-backed Second East Turkestan Republic encompassed Xinjiang's Ili, Tarbagatay and Altay districts.
Wild animals of Ladakh
Close to Karakoram Highway in Xinjiang.
Yaks in Ladakh
Pamir Mountains and Muztagh Ata.
Banner of the Administration of Ladakh
Taklamakan Desert
Street market in Leh
Tianchi Lake
Preparing apricots. Alchi Monastery.
Black Irtysh river in Burqin County is a famous spot for sightseeing.
A vehicle on the Himalaya Highway 3
Kanas Lake
Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport
Largest cities and towns of Xinjiang
Statue of Mao Zedong in Kashgar
Dancer in masked dance festival
Nur Bekri, Chairman of the Xinjiang Government between 2007 and 2015
Jabro Dance
The distribution map of Xinjiang's GDP per person (2011)
Sul-ma, woman's woollen dress (detail), Ladakh, late 19th-early 20th century
Ürümqi is a major industrial center within Xinjiang.
First ever Khelo India Winter Games in Ladakh
Wind farm in Xinjiang
Woman wearing traditional Ladakhi hat
Sunday market in Khotan
Ladakhi Perak Headdress courtesy the Wovenosuls collection
Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport
Indian Astronomical Observatory near Leh
Karakorum highway
Ladakh horsemen, depicted in Alchi Monastery, circa 13th century CE
This flag (Kök Bayraq) has become a symbol of the East Turkestan independence movement.
The nine stupas at Thiksey Monastery
"Heroic Gesture of Bodhisattvathe Bodhisattva", example of 6th-7th-century terracotta Greco-Buddhist art (local populations were Buddhist) from Tumxuk, Xinjiang
Statue of Maitreya at Likir Monastery, Leh district
Sogdian donors to the Buddha, 8th century fresco (with detail), Bezeklik, Eastern Tarim Basin
Likir Monastery, Ladakh
A mosque in Ürümqi
Phyang Gompa, Ladakh
People engaging in snow sports by a statue of bodhisattva Guanyin in Wujiaqu
Hemis Monastery in the 1870s
Christian Church in Hami
Pensi La
Catholic Church in Urumqi
Shingo La
Temple of the Great Buddha in Midong, Ürümqi
Shanti Stupa, Leh
Taoist Temple of Fortune and Longevity at the Heavenly Lake of Tianshan in Fukang, Changji Hui Autonomous Prefecture
Front of the Thiksey Monastery
Emin Minaret
Likir Monastery
Id Kah mosque in Kashgar, largest mosque in China
Trees nestled in front of the Himalayas near Leh
Erkin Tuniyaz, the incumbent Chairman of the Xinjiang Government
Nubra Valley view with reflection
Carved stone tablets, each with the inscription "Om Mani Padme Hum" along the paths of Zanskar

Aksai Chin is a region administered by China as part of Hotan County, Hotan Prefecture, Xinjiang and Rutog County, Ngari Prefecture, Tibet.

- Aksai Chin

It is claimed by India to be a part of its Leh District, Ladakh Union Territory.

- Aksai Chin

Ladakh is bordered by the Tibet Autonomous Region to the east, the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh to the south, both the Indian-administered union territory of Jammu and Kashmir and the Pakistan-administered Gilgit-Baltistan to the west, and the southwest corner of Xinjiang across the Karakoram Pass in the far north.

- Ladakh

The eastern end, consisting of the uninhabited Aksai Chin plains, is claimed by the Indian Government as part of Ladakh, and has been under Chinese control since 1962.

- Ladakh

The Aksai Chin and Trans-Karakoram Tract regions, both administered by China, are claimed by India.

- Xinjiang

Xinjiang borders the Tibet Autonomous Region and India's Leh district in Ladakh to the south, Qinghai and Gansu provinces to the east, Mongolia (Bayan-Ölgii, Govi-Altai and Khovd Provinces) to the east, Russia's Altai Republic to the north and Kazakhstan (Almaty and East Kazakhstan Regions), Kyrgyzstan (Issyk-Kul, Naryn and Osh Regions), Tajikistan's Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region, Afghanistan's Badakhshan Province and Pakistan's Gilgit-Baltistan to the west.

- Xinjiang
Map of Central Asia (1873) from T. Douglas Forsyth. Khotan is near top right corner. The border claimed by the British Indian Empire is shown in the two-toned purple and pink band with Shahidulla and the Kilik, Kilian and Sanju Passes north of the border.

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Tsomoriri lake
Pangong lake
Leh district flower fields and mountains

Leh district is a district in the union territory of Ladakh, a territory administered as part of India.

It is bounded on the north by Gilgit-Baltistan's Kharmang and Ghanche districts and Xinjiang's Kashgar Prefecture and Hotan Prefecture linked via the historic Karakoram Pass.

It has Aksai Chin and Tibet are to the east, Kargil district to the west, and Lahul and Spiti to the south.