China conducts 11-hour live fire drills in Tibet region


It said "A two-minute footage that was broadcast on China Central Television showed the Chinese soldiers attacking an "enemy position" using rocket launchers, machine guns, and mortars".

An analogy could be that China's People's Liberation Army units come down to the Siachen area, which is under India's control, to advance Pakistan's territorial claim, which Beijing also considers to be of strategic significance due to its proximity to Karakorum Highway and Xinjiang region.

According to the CCTV report, the brigade has always been stationed around the middle and lower reaches of the Yarlung Zangbo River and is responsible for frontline combat missions.

"The PLA wanted to demonstrate it could easily overpower its Indian counterparts", Beijing-based military commentator Zhou Chenming told the Post.

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The tensions between China and India have been escalating for the past three weeks over the borer standoff at the Doklam area.

The commentary, apart from warning India of repelling from Doklam, also accused New Delhi of spreading false propaganda against China. Separately, Tibet's mobile communication agency conducted a drill on July 10 in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, where members practised setting up a temporary mobile network to secure communications in an emergency, the Global Times reported.

A steady line of supplies is being maintained for the soldiers at the site, official sources said, signalling that Indian Army is not going to wilt under any pressure from China. Earlier reports said the PLA units exercised in Tibet with several modern weapon systems including a new light battle tank being manufactured by China. China has been demanding immediate pull-out of the Indian troops from the disputed Dokalam plateau.

This could be believed as an indirect message to the Indian government and its military as China has been blaming India for the standoff and has asked India to withdraw its troops from Sikkim border for peaceful diplomatic talks between two countries. Delhi points out that it had also warned China that the road was "a serious security concern" because it gives Beijing access to the Chicken's Neck - a thin wedge of land that links mainland India to the seven northeastern states.

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