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China Holds Battle-Drill In Tibet Amid Rising Border Tensions

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| July 7 , 2017 , 13:47 IST

China is reportedly holding a high altitude armored brigade drill in the border region of Tibet amid the India-China stand-off in the Sikkim region.

China’s People’s Liberation Army is conducting an army drill at a high altitude of 5,100 meters showing their battle-readiness.

According to the country’s official news agency, Xinhua News Agency, the drill would test the full combat readiness of Type 96B, China’s most advanced battle tank. It said the drills were aimed at carrying out battlefield environment analysis, combat operations command, combat coordination, and other live-fire shooting training.

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The agency also issued some pictures of the drill being conducted in the Tibet region.

The report by the Chinese news agency also added that the drill also aimed at paying close attention to officers command skills training, command and control systems, combat unit synthesis and combat readiness. However, it did not include the time or the location of the drills in Tibet.

Expert Barahma Chellaney, author, and professor of strategic studies at the Center for Policy Research in New Delhi, in an interview with the Times of India said, “Militarily, given the geography, logistics, possible weapon deployments and a vigilant Indian Army, China cannot give India a bloody nose over Doklam standoff. If anything, if it attacks, it might suffer a military reverse.”

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Some experts are even questioning whether the drills are a means to instill confidence among its armed forces amid border crisis.

The Xinhua agency explained that this drill might be the country’s first drill in such a complex environment and high altitude.

The drill comes as the India-China stand-off continues for its fourth week. It started as the Indian forces obstructed the construction of a Chinese road in the disputed are of Doklam, in the China-India-Bhutan tri-junction. India’s resistance to the development of Chinese road has now triggered a military and political differences between the two countries.