Chinese army conduct live-fire drills in Tibet
During the exercise, the Chinese soldiers tested new equipment including tanks. (China Plus News) Photograph: (Twitter)
Amid the ongoing military standoff between India and China at the Dokalam area in the Sikkim sector, China’s military said it has conducted live-fire exercises in Tibet.
The drills continued for 11 hours at an altitude of 5,000 metres on the plateau in Southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region, state-run China Central Television (CCTV) reported.
The live-fire exercises included the troops’ quick delivery, use of anti-tank grenades and missiles.
CCTV said the exercise was conducted by a brigade, which was part of the Tibet Military Command of the People's Liberation Army (PLA). It is part of China’s two plateau mountain brigades.
According to the report by CCTV, the brigade has long been stationed around the middle and lower reaches of the Brahmaputra (Yarlung Zangbo in Chinese) River which flows into India and Bangladesh.
During the exercise, the Chinese soldiers tested new equipment including tanks, Xinhua news agency said.
This video, said to show the military exercise, was shared by China Plus News on Twitter.
China and India have been engaged in a standoff in the Doka La area near the Bhutan tri-junction for over a month.
Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Dokalam, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region.
China has carried out a live-fire drill on the Tibet plateau, deploying one of two brigades it has on the plateau. The exercise involved mobile artillery along with missile forces and some infantry (WION)