Military standoff between China and India intensifies

Military standoff between China and India intensifies

Military standoff between China and India intensifies

According to the CCTV report, the brigade has always been stationed around the middle and lower reaches of the Yarlung Zangbo River and is responsible for frontline combat missions.

While Indian troops in the disputed area outnumber their Chinese counterparts, China has a clear advantage in terms of speed of movement, firepower and logistics, Zhou said.

India has said Beijing's action to "unilaterally determine tri-junction points" violated a 2012 India-China pact which says the boundary would be decided by consulting all the concerned parties.

Notably, PLA's Tibet Military Command, which conducted the drills, guards the Line of Actual Control (LAC) of the India-China border along several sections connecting the mountainous Tibetan region.

China has been building dams over Yarlung Zangbo, causing concern in India that it could affect the flow of the Brahmaputra.

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"The PLA wanted to demonstrate it could easily overpower its Indian counterparts", it quoted Beijing-based military commentator Zhou Chenming as saying.

The focus was to boost the quick delivery of troops.

The Sikkim Section of the China-India border has been delimited, and both Chinese and Indian governments have repeatedly acknowledged it, China Daily Monday reported.

"There has been video recorded by another state-run Chinese tabloid Global Times, which shows radar units identifying enemy aircraft and soldiers using anti-aircraft artillery to annihilate targets", the Hindustan Times report said.

However, PLA spokesperson Wu Qian clarified that the military drill was not targeted against India.

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The situation became tense when Chinese construction crews moved into the area Bhutan considers its territory at the beginning of June, and Bhutan called on India to resist them.

The report did not give precise details of where or when the exercise was held though it came as Chinese and Indian troops remain locked in their worst stand-off in decades on the tri-junction with Bhutan, the South China Morning Post reported.

The construction of road in Doklam is viewed by New Delhi as a major security threat, along with the undermining of the sovereignty of Bhutan.

Beijing, however, contested the claims made by New Delhi and Thimphu, calling Doklam as part of the Tibet Autonomous Region, lying under the jurisdiction of Beijing.

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