Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

Chinese cross border rocket attack kills 158 Indian soldiers

Chinese cross border rocket attack kills 158 Indian soldiers

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 Global Times said.

China and India have been engaged in the standoff in the Dokalam area near the Bhutan tri-junction since last month after a Chinese Army's construction party attempted to build a road.

The report, however, did not specify when and why the 11-hour exercise was held.

"China should be calm seeing India's rise".

CCTV reported that the military drill was organised in the Tibet Autonomous Region in the middle and lower reaches of Yarlung Zangbo River. "It could also reassure the Chinese people that a strong PLA force is there, capable and determined to defend Chinese territory", Wang told Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post.

An India-China-Myanmar trilateral interaction will be an interesting topic in the future as it will be of "great geopolitical and economic significance" to the region, an article in the Chinese state media said on Sunday.

The article suggested Myanmar was enhancing ties with India to "minimise its over reliance" on China, diversify its economic portfolio, and out of its "urgent need to engage neighbouring countries after prolonged isolation".

The live-fire drills included the quick delivery of troops and different military units working together on joint attacks, which also involved use of anti-tank grenades and missiles. Earlier it was reported that the PLA has been focusing on drills involving usage of various modern weapon systems including a new light battle tank. Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Dokalam, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region.

During the exercise, the Chinese soldiers tested new equipment including tanks, the official Xinhua news agency had said.

With both India and China refusing to back off from Doklam area in Bhutan, the stand-off between the two armies is nowhere near its end. 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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