China hold massive drill on Qinghai-Tibet Plateau amid standoff with India

China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Tibetan brigade has conducted a live-fire drill on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau at an elevation of some 5,000 meters, CCTV has reported.

The brigade that conducted the drills was from the PLA’s Tibet Military Command and is one of China’s two plateau mountain brigades. The PLA Tibet command guards the Line of Actual Control (LAC) of the India-China border along several sections connecting the mountainous Tibetan region.

The drill came amid ongoing standoff between Indian and Chinese troops at the Doklam trijunction (Bhutan-China-India) area from June 16.

The 11-hour exercise was aimed at improving adaptability to the plateau environment. The assault unit and the artillery unit worked together to destroy bunkers and bring down enemy planes with heavy machine guns, bazookas, and air defense radar. The live-fire drills also included the quick delivery of troops and different military units working together on joint attacks

The brigade completed training in more than 10 training subjects in extreme cold and oxygen-deficient conditions. The drill also demonstrated their abilities in joint operations.

China has been demanding immediate pull-out of the Indian troops from the disputed Dokalam plateau. Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Dokalam, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region. Of the 3,488-km-long India-China border from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, a 220-km section falls in Sikkim.

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