Doklam standoff: As tensions mount over the standoff at the trijunction with Bhutan, the PLA skipped the ceremonial border meetings on Independence Day. This is the first time since 2005 that this meeting on August 15 was not held.
Xi’s remarks and the parade come amid heightened tensions between India and China after Indian troops stopped the PLA from constructing a road in Doklam at the China-India-Bhutan trijunction.
This military exercise on the Tibet plateau comes days after a light battle tank was tested near the Indian border late June. Another live-fire exercise was carried out earlier this month in an unidentified area at an altitude of 5,100 metres. The PLA exercise coincides with the Malabar Exercise involving India, US and Japan.
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“The Chinese side is committed to safeguarding peace and tranquility of the border areas between China and India and resolving the boundary question through negotiation with India,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry said.
India has conveyed its protest to China on the corridor connecting China’s Xinjiang province with Pakistan’s Gwadar port as it goes through PoK along the Karakoram Highway.
At least 170,000 officers, ranging from lieutenants to colonels, in China’s land forces would be laid off after two of the existing seven military commands and three army corps were scrapped, the media reported.
Indian troops displayed the banners in Chinese asking the PLA to return to their side.
Thereafter, a cultural programme showcasing the vibrant Chinese culture and traditional grandeur was organised.
Rijiju insisted that India wants peaceful atmosphere and tranquillity along the border and there is nothing aggressive about its stand.
Xi’s directives come in the midst of a stand-off between the PLA and Indian troops in Chumar area along the LAC.
Around 50 personnel of PLA arrived in nine vehicles at Point 30R in addition to 35-odd personnel already camping, official sources said.
Journalists attended China’s Defense Ministry’s monthly news briefing, marking a small milestone.
This is in keeping with the NDA government’s policy to make the border areas accessible to civilians.
The People’s Liberation Army began the 100-day exercise, codenamed “Firepower 2104” on Sunday.