Amid ongoing border standoff with India on Doklam in Sikkim sector, China has reportedly moved tonnes of military gear in Tibet region. While conducting military exercise in the remote mountainous Tibet region, China has quietly transported tonnes of military gear to a region south of the Kunlun Mountains in northern Tibet, according to People s Liberation Army (PLA) Daily, the official mouthpiece of Chinese military
In a likely warning to New Delhi, the Western Theatre Command, which oversees the restive regions of Xinjiang and Tibet, and handles border issues with India, has transported tonnes of war gear in northern Tibet. The haul was transported during Chinese military’s 11-hour long live-fire exercises at an altitude of 5,000 meters on the plateau in Southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region
“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,” reported the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post, quoting the PLA Daily
The deployment of military gear by China is a cause of concern for India as it won t take much time for Chinese troops to move to their side of Nathu La in Sikkim from northern Tibet. In an interview to the South China Morning Post, a Shanghai-based military commentator Ni Lexiong opined that the deployment was made to bring India ‘to the negotiating table’ on Doklam dispute. Diplomatic talks must be backed by military preparation, Lexiong was quoted as saying
None of the reports, however, claimed that the military gear was moved to support military drills being held in Tibet, including in the middle and lower reaches of the Yarlung Zangbo river, close to Arunachal Pradesh, India s easternmost state claimed by China as south Tibet.
The PLA Tibet command guards the Line of Actual Control (LAC) of the India-China border along several sections connecting the mountainous Tibetan region. According to the CCTV report, the brigade has long been stationed around the middle and lower reaches of the Brahmaputra (Yarlung Zangbo in Chinese) River which flows into India and Bangladesh. The brigade is responsible for frontline combat missions.
China and India have been engaged in a standoff in the Dokalam area in the Sikkim sector, where Indian troops stopped road construction by Chinese soldiers on June 16. Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Dokalam, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region.(With agency inputs).