Amid row with India, Chinese Army holds live-fire drill in Tibet

Ruben Ruiz
July 17, 2017

CCTV said the exercise was conducted by a brigade, which was part of the Tibet Military Command of the People's Liberation Army (PLA).

Though the media picked it up on Monday, the PTI has said that the state-run China Central Television (CCTV) was the first to report it.

According to the report by CCTV, the brigade has always been stationed around the middle and lower reaches of the Brahmaputra (Yarlung Zangbo in Chinese) River which flows into India and Bangladesh and is responsible for frontline combat missions.

"It has been noticed that Indian Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar recently has made positive remarks in Singapore, saying that "India and China should not let differences become disputes", it said. The military exercise was conducted in the vicinity of Yarlung Zangbo river, which flows into Arunachal as Sang, and turns into Brahmaputra in Assam and West Bengal.

"India should not regard the existing situation as the same as or even similar to the previous two stand-offs in 2013 and 2014 near Ladakh, a disputed area between China, Pakistan and India in southeastern Kashmir". Beijing is reportedly mulling the idea of building multiple dams at Yarlung Zangbo, which may hinder the flow of water towards India.

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"The PLA wanted to demonstrate it could easily overpower its Indian counterparts", it quoted Beijing-based military commentator Zhou Chenming as saying. It further added that practicing quick assembly of troops and using anti-tank missiles is essential to keep the PLA forces prepared for combat in the region.

The video also showed radar units identifying enemy aircraft and soldiers using anti-aircraft artillery to destroy targets, the report said.

During the exercise, the Chinese soldiers tested new equipment including tanks, the official Xinhua news agency had said. "The goal is to test the parameters of the equipment and is not targeted against any country", he was quoted as saying by Xinhua.

"India has repeatedly ignored China's call for pulling its border-crossing troops from Doklam area back to its own territory". The Indian soldiers had stopped Chinese soldiers from constructing a road in the Bhutanese territory, as it will seriously affect the security at the tri-junction and the sensitive Chicken Neck joining the northeast with mainland India.

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