China’s PLA carries out live-fire drill near India border

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.

Written by Apurva | Beijing | Updated: July 18, 2017 8:22 am
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The People’s Liberation Army has carried out a live-fire, brigade-level military exercise on the Tibet plateau which borders India. The exercise was held last week while troops from India and China remain locked in a standoff in Doklam at the trijunction with Bhutan.

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.

State-run media reported Monday that the live-fire exercise was conducted by a brigade from the PLA’s Tibet Military Command, one of two mountain brigades in the region. The drill was conducted to “improve troop combat capability on such locations”.

According to CCTV, the “brigade has long been stationed around the middle and lower reaches of the Yarlung Zangbo River and is responsible for frontline combat missions.” Yarlung Zangbo (Tsangpo) is the Tibetan name for the Brahmaputra that flows through India and Bangladesh.

Quoting a release from the PLA, China Daily reported, “The exercise was conducted by a ground combat brigade of the PLA Tibet Regional Command this month and involved scenarios such as rapid deployment, multi-unit joint strike and anti-aircraft defence. Before the exercise, the brigade mobilised all of its members and equipment and took six hours to transport them from the barracks to the drill zone at an altitude of 5,000 metres on the plateau.”

According to China Daily, soldiers were ordered to occupy fronts of enemies as soon as they arrived and were countered with “strong firepower”. “They summoned artillery forces to suppress the ‘enemies’ and sent assault teams to take out bunkers. Air defence units used twin-barrel anti-aircraft guns to bring down aerial targets,” the report said.

An 86-second video broadcast by CGTN, China’s state-owned news broadcaster, showed long PLA convoys traversing the mountainous terrain, multiple rocket launchers in action, anti-tank missiles, bunker busters and soldiers using rocket propelled grenades, howitzers and mortars.

The exercise reportedly lasted 11 hours and “effectively tested the brigade’s joint strike capability on plateaus”, according to China Daily.

The PLA’s Tibetan Regional Command reportedly conducted another live-fire drill in an unidentified location earlier this month at an altitude of 5,100 meters,

Communist Party of China-run Global Times reported that Tibet’s mobile communication agency conducted a drill on July 10 in Tibet’s capital, Lhasa, “…where members of the agency practised setting up a temporary mobile network to secure communications in an emergency”.

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    see
    Jul 18, 2017 at 5:29 pm
    CHECK REALITY. CHINESE COMMUNISMM WAS MEANT FOR THOUSAND YEARS BACK TIME PERIOD ONLY, THAT TOO FOR WARRING FACTION RIDDEN CHINESE GROUPS TRIBES ONLY, THAT TOO FOR CHINESE DESERT LIKE LOCATIONS ONLY. TOMORROWS SOCIETIES ARE FUTURISTIC, WORLD IS MOVING AT FAST PROGRESS. CHINA MUST SET ASIDE OLD INVALID COMMMUNNIST BOOKS. GET INTO A BETTER VALID DEMOCRATIC BOOK.
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      Bert Brech
      Jul 18, 2017 at 3:29 pm
      The only way to deal with China is to be absolutely fearless.
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        Aster
        Jul 18, 2017 at 10:26 am
        CHINA has never faught any big war hence such drills are necessary for their army. Else they will just runaway when INDIA starts bombing.
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          CClements
          Jul 18, 2017 at 11:43 am
          What about the 1962 war with India?
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            Johny
            Jul 18, 2017 at 1:43 pm
            what about 1967?
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          Ramakrishna
          Jul 18, 2017 at 9:52 am
          It is not wise to go to war with any country whether you are strong or not. The people will be losers.. Today world situation needs each other cooperation.What we have learnt in so many years life nothing achieved in any war.
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            chitta
            Jul 18, 2017 at 10:11 am
            Only a coward can talk like that. If Jalaluddin Akbar thought like you than Akbar not able to capture India and become Shahensha Akbar, as we call him.
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              see
              Jul 18, 2017 at 5:30 pm
              TERA MOULA K BAAL K BOULA.
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              Aster
              Jul 18, 2017 at 10:29 am
              You are coward .Live with pride else die is what Marathas believe. Secondly we have large population hence war is good. Old perish new come up.
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              chitta
              Jul 18, 2017 at 9:47 am
              When Hindus fighting with Chinese. Indian Muslims must focus on increasing Muslim ppulation. More ppulation means more power
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                rajan
                Jul 18, 2017 at 8:50 am
                Hopefully, China doesn't prick BJP government's bubble and its unabated bravado since electioneering in 2014. This government lacks farsighted International policies has only short term petty electoral gains its prime consideration. Rest assured, with nuclear warfare no country will be the gainer but we all shall have to bear the brunt like the victims of Hiroshima andNagasaki are. If Choice is ours, consequences too are for the mankind to bear.
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                  khalid shapoo
                  Jul 18, 2017 at 8:43 am
                  War with China, agay Kay Lia acha hay.
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                    Hari Haran
                    Jul 18, 2017 at 8:27 am
                    Tibet is a Holy country for Hindus . We hoped Tibet would be protected by India, Burma,Nepal and China. Unarmed Tibet will be parallel to Vatican and Lamas can be placed as controllers .The arming of PLA is a recent story, whoever it has done is a criminal.
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                      Fredy
                      Jul 18, 2017 at 8:00 am
                      BJP and RSS dividing the country with communal onslaught on Muslims, Sikh, Dalits and Christians in form of Mob Lynching and bajrang Dal attacks on minorities and dalits while China seeing it as greatest opportunity to cash on such division like British and Mughal did in the past with full scale invasion.
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