China holds military drill near Arunachal, says enemy aircraft the target

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 17, 2017

The military exercise, held by China's People's Liberation Army (PLA), did quick movement troops drill and also practiced destroying enemy aircrafts with artillery and tankers, a Hindustan Times report said, quoting China Central Television (CCTV) report.

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

The brigade that conducted the drills was from the PLA's Tibet Military Command.

China has made it clear that there is no room for negotiations on the border and India should know its incursion will by no means be allowed to become a fait accompli.

The video of military drill was released by PLA.

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.

"The PLA wanted to demonstrate it could easily overpower its Indian counterparts", Beijing-based military commentator Zhou Chenming told the Post. "[By staging] a small-scale drill, China wants to control the problem and lower the risk of shots being fired", he said.

"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. "For China, border line is the bottom line", China's official press agency Xinhua said in a commentary, according to reports. 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.

The Indian Army is ready for a long haul in holding onto its position in the Dokalam area near the Bhutan tri-junction, notwithstanding China ratcheting up rhetoric against India demanding pulling back of its troops.

India is especially sensitive to the dispute because it brings Chinese troops closer to a crucial Indian supply corridor, known as the "chicken's neck" which could cut New Delhi off from northeastern states. Indian troops stopped road construction by Chinese soldiers on June 16. India has conveyed to the Chinese government that the road construction would represent a significant change of status quo with serious security implications for it. Rubbishing the Indian claims of acting on behalf of Bhutan in the disputed region, Xinhua opined that New Delhi is attempting to undermine the sovereignty of Thimphu.

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