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India Rubbishes Chinese Media Claims Of 'Troop Mobilization' In Tibet

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| July 20 , 2017 , 08:32 IST

India has rubbished and denied the Chinese media claims that they have moved "tens of thousands of tonnes" of military vehicles and equipment to Tibet in the recent weeks.

Indian sources have said that the PLA has "not made any disquieting troop movement" south of Tsangpo in Tibet till now, even though the two armies remain firm about not budging from their respective positions on the Doklam Plateau.

There is also nothing "unusual" about the much-hyped recent military exercise in Tibet.

"It was a routine annual exercise that took place near Lhasa in early-June, around 700-km from the border. All armies conduct exercises at frequent intervals. The PLA has been conducting such exercises in Tibet since 2009," said a source.

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In Beijing, a report said the process of moving equipment to northern Tibet "took place late last month" and "involved hardware being moved simultaneously by road and rail from across the entire region".

The report said it would take the PLA only six to seven hours to move "tens of thousands of tonnes" of military equipment from northern Tibet, where most of the material has been kept, to the Sikkim border in view of the efficient transportation networks which include the Tibet railway and a new expressway connecting Lhasa to Yadong on China's side of Nathu La in the Sikkim section. The distance involved is 700 kilometres, it said.

"The vast haul was transported to a region south of the Kunlun Mountains in northern Tibet by the Western Theatre Command - which oversees the restive regions of Xinjiang and Tibet, and handles border issues with India," the according to a report.