Bilateral tension between China and India has escalated over the past few weeks over a stand-off between their armies in Doklam region in the Sikkim sector, with Beijing demanding that New Delhi withdraw its troops for any dialogue to take place.
The state-run media fail to mention the reason for the drill at the border area of India as this is the latest in the series of war threats by the Chinese side post the border dispute between India and China over tri-junction Dokalam area. The military exercise was held in the southern part of Tibet Autonomous Region, close to the middle and lower reaches of Yarlung Zangbo river.
“China should be calm seeing India’s rise”.
“The PLA wanted to demonstrate it could easily overpower its Indian counterparts”, it quoted Beijing-based military commentator Zhou Chenming as saying. “To cope with competition from India, China could start working on a more effective growth strategy for the new era now”, it said.
“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“.
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. 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. He said that in recent years the Chinese military developed a number of lightweight weapons such as a wheeled infantry fighting vehicle and a new light tank to meet requirements of mountain operations.
It also alleged that the Indian troops had crossed the Sikkim section of the Indo- China border. India has conveyed to the Chinese government that the road construction would represent a significant change of status quo with serious security implications for it.
India today termed as “utterly baseless, malicious and mischievous” a report about casualties of Indian soldiers in Sikkim due to military action with another country.