China Holds Live Fire Drills in Tibet to Practice Invading India

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The message the government sent, beyond the facts of how the stand-off began, was threefold: that Indian troops now sit across from Chinese troops for a second month at a part of the tri-junction claimed by Bhutan; that India is upholding its commitment to Bhutan with its military presence there; and finally, that it is pursuing all diplomatic options in order to resolve differences with China on the dispute.

CCTV reported that the military drill was organised in the Tibet Autonomous Region in the middle and lower reaches of Yarlung Zangbo River.

Of the almost 3,500-km-long India-China border from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, a 220-km section falls in Sikkim.

Notably, PLA's Tibet Military Command, which conducted the drills, guards the Line of Actual Control (LAC) of the India-China border along several sections connecting the mountainous Tibetan region.

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Some 4,000 to 7,000 troops armed with shoulder-launched assault weapons and light arms were filmed striking an "enemy position", the South China Morning Post reported on Monday.

"India should not regard the existing situation as the same as or even similar to the previous two standoffs in 2013 and 2014 near Ladakh, a disputed area between China, Pakistan and India in southeastern Kashmir". India maintained that the boundary is yet to be settled and asked China "to desist from changing the status quo", referring to the road construction. The video also showed radar units identifying enemy aircraft and soldiers using anti-aircraft artillery to destroy targets, the report said. Another drill involved the use of anti-tank grenades and missiles.

During the exercise, the Chinese soldiers tested new equipment including tanks, the official Xinhua news agency had said. China's version is that Indian soldiers crossed the border to stop it from constructing a road on a plateau in what it calls the Donglang region.

China attacked Indian posts the same day Pakistani Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) established a hotline contact with Indian counterpart to protest killing of four soldiers in Neelum Valley by troops cross border firing on Sunday. The rift escalated after Chinese Army's construction party attempted to build road near the area.

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