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China conducts military drill in Tibet amid fermenting border standoff with India

(People's Daily Online)    15:49, July 19, 2017

China’s recent military moves along the Sino-Indian border have attracted international attention, with many experts commenting that the actions have sent a strong message to India amid the two nations’ standoff in the border area.

The live-fire exercises, which were conducted by a fully staffed and fully equipped brigade, used high-tech weaponry and multi-force attacks on the 5,000-meter-high plateau, China Central Television (CCTV) reported over the weekend, without mentioning when the drills took place.

PLA Daily, the official newspaper of China’s military, reported a drill conducted by the Xining military logistics unit, without specifying purpose or timing, on Tuesday. According to the report, thousands of soldiers and hundreds of military vehicles took part in the drill, transporting a large amount of military and medical equipment to the Kunlun Mountain range in northern Tibet.

Chinese state-run newspaper Can Kao Xiao Xi reported on Wednesday that the Indian military is heavily focused on developing its mountain military units in an effort to counterbalance China’s military presence along the mountainous border. India currently has 10 mountain divisions, one independent mountain brigade, and three backup mountain brigades, while the country has deployed eight mountain divisions along the Sino-Indian border, three of which are stationed at Sikkim.

Chinese experts believe that the actions showcased China’s strength and sent a strong signal to India. Though India has more troops scattered along the disputed area, China’s rapid deployment of troops, its powerful weaponry, and its advanced logistics support give China the edge over India.

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