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Published: Tue, July 18, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

China conducts 11-hour live fire drills in Tibet region

China conducts 11-hour live fire drills in Tibet region

As the standoff between Indian and Chinese soldiers continues in Sikkim's Doklam plateau, China's military has conducted live-fire exercises in Tibet.

The PLA brigade which participated in the drill, reported Chinese state-run publication Global Times, is usually deployed in southern Tibet, with borders with Arunachal Pradesh, the easternmost state of India. The CCTV report did not disclose the location of the drills but said the brigade responsible for front line combat missions has always been stationed around the middle and lower reaches of the Brahmaputra (Yarlung Zangbo in Chinese) River.

The CCTV reported that the military drill was organised in the Tibet Autonomous Region in the middle and lower reaches of Yarlung Zangbo River, "located in the upper stream of the Brahmaputra River which flows through China, India and Bangladesh".

At least 158 Indian soldiers have been killed on Monday as China fired rockets across the border on Indian border installations.

The military exercise, held by China's People's Liberation Army (PLA), did quick movement troops drill and also practiced destroying enemy aircrafts with artillery and tankers, a Hindustan Times report said, quoting China Central Television (CCTV) report.

The commentary, apart from warning India of repelling from Doklam, also accused New Delhi of spreading false propaganda against China.

Video posted online showed soldiers using anti-tank grenades and missiles against bunkers and howitzers for artillery coverage.

Earlier reports said the Chinese army recently tested a new light battle tank being manufactured by China. "The goal is to test the parameters of the equipment and is not targeted against any country", he was quoted as saying by Xinhua. Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Dokalam, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region.

And on the occasion of the Indian troops trespassing across the Sikkim section of the China-India border, some senior Indian officials have made provocative remarks, which have further fueled such nationalist fervor. Delhi points out that it had also warned China that the road was "a serious security concern" because it gives Beijing access to the Chicken's Neck - a thin wedge of land that links mainland India to the seven northeastern states.

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