Amid Sikkim standoff, Chinese Army conducts military drills in Tibet

Pablo Tucker
July 17, 2017

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. According to the CCTV report, the brigade which is stationed around the middle and lower reaches of the Brahmaputra (Yarlung Zangbo in Chinese) River, which flows into India and Bangladesh, also administers frontline combat missions.

Ashok Malik, an analyst at Delhi's Observer Research Foundation, told The Guardian that China is continuing its attempts to hem India's influence in South Asia. Brahmaputra flows into India from Arunachal Pradesh border. Instead of highlighting the stand-off as an India-China dispute, therefore, the government must ensure that every step it takes is in consultation with Thimphu, and make it clear that any final decision it takes will not be about a "win or lose" for India, but dictated by what is in Bhutan's best interests.

The tensions between China and India have been escalating for the past three weeks over the borer standoff at the Doklam area.


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.

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.

Reports also said that PLA units carried out drills using several modern weapon systems including a new light battle tank being manufacturd by China.


The standoff at Sikkim erupted in mid-June, after the Indian forces prevented the road construction party of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) from entering Doklam, lying at the tri-juncture of India, China and Bhutan.

India will face "embarrassment" if it does not withdraw its border troops to its own side and the situation could get "worse", the official Xinhua news agency said in a commentary on Saturday night. New Delhi has expressed concern over the road building, apprehending that it may allow Chinese troops to cut India's access to its northeastern states.


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