China’s PLA Conducts Another Military Exercise Amid Rising Tensions With India

Swarajya Staff

Aug 21, 2017, 10:56 AM | Updated 10:56 AM IST

People’s Liberation Army troops conducting drills.
People’s Liberation Army troops conducting drills.

The People's Liberation Army's (PLA) Western Theatre Command has conducted military exercises involving armoured forces and aviation units amid the stand-off with Indian troops at Doklam, near the Sikkim-Tibet-Bhutan tri-junction.

The Western Theatre Command, which covers Tibet, Xinjiang, Ningxia, Qinghai, Sichuan and Chongqing, is responsible for regions bordering India.

"A five-minute-long video was played on Chinese China Central Television of PLA troops conducting drills showed tanks firing at targets on hills, followed by helicopters firing missiles at ground targets. More than 10 PLA units, including aviation units and armoured forces, participated in the drills," the hawkish Global Times, which carries the line of the Communist Party, reported.

While the location of the military exercise was not revealed, it was mentioned that the drills "lay the ground for plateau warfare”.

"Such Chinese PLA military exercises are meant to strike awe in India as the two sides have been engaged in a stand-off in Doklam for more than two months, and the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, which is closest to India, is where the Western Theatre Command is most prominent," the Chinese state media reported.

Earlier in July, PLA conducted live-fire exercises in Tibet Autonomous Region, near Yarlung Zangbo River located in the upper stream of the Brahmaputra River. The brigade has long been stationed around the middle and lower reaches of the Yarlung Zangbo River and is responsible for frontline combat missions.

PLA's Tibet Military Command conducted the 11-hour long live-fire exercises at an altitude of 5,000 metres on the plateau in Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, aimed at improving the combat capability on such locations, said the military. The drills included the quick arrival of troops and different military units working together on joint attacks. (ANI)

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