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Chinese army conducts live-fire drills in Tibet plateau amid Sikkim standoff

Chinese army conducts live-fire drills in Tibet plateau amid Sikkim standoff

The article comes in the wake of China accusing Indian troops of trespassing into its land near the controversial tri-junction border between India, China and Bhutan on the Doklam plateau, resulting in a standoff between the armed forces of India and China along the Sikkim border.

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

The current stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops is considered the longest in nearly three decades.

A fully-staffed and equipped brigade engaged in various drills involving the rapid movement of troops, use of digital devices and combined attacks by multiple forces, according to a China Central Television station (CCTV) report.

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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. The report did not mention when the exercise was held. China has been building dams over it, causing concern in India that it could affect the flow of the Brahmaputra.

Reports also said that PLA units carried out drills using several modern weapon systems including a new light battle tank being manufacturd by China.

And on the occasion of the Indian troops trespassing across the Sikkim section of the China-India border, some senior Indian officials have made provocative remarks, which have further fueled such nationalist fervor.

India has said Beijing's action to "unilaterally determine tri-junction points" violated a 2012 India-China pact which says the boundary would be decided by consulting all the concerned parties.

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The video of military drill was released by PLA.

"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".

"(By staging) a small-scale drill, China wants to control the problem and lower the risk of shots being fired", he said. 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. Find us on Facebook too!

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