Aksai Chin is a region administered by China as part of Hotan County, Hotan Prefecture, Xinjiang and Rutog County, Ngari Prefecture, Tibet.
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Aksai Chin is first mentioned by Muhammad Amin, the Yarkandi guide of the Schlagintweit brothers.
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Aksai Chin explained its meaning as "the great white sand desert".
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Some sources have interpreted Aksai to have Uyghur meaning "white stone desert", including several British colonial, modern Western, Chinese, and Indian sources.
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Amin's Aksai Chin was not a defined region, stretching indefinitely east into Tibet south of the Kunlun Mountains.
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In 1895, the British envoy to Kashgar told the Chinese Taotai that Aksai Chin was a "loose name for an ill-defined, elevated tableland", part of which lay in Indian and part in Chinese territory.
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Aksai Chin was easily accessible to the Chinese, but was more difficult for the Indians on the other side of the Karakorams to reach.
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Local authorities in Ningxia claim that their model of Aksai Chin is part of a tank training ground, built in 1998 or 1999.
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The line that separates Indian-administered areas of Ladakh from Aksai Chin is known as the Line of Actual Control and is concurrent with the Chinese Aksai Chin claim line.
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Aksai Chin area has number of endorheic basins with many salt or soda lakes.
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