China Standoff Sets Precedents in Regional Security

This development came after China reportedly indulged in live ammunition drill with a fully equipped brigade in the area today close to Tibet border.According to the report by CCTV, the brigade has always been stationed around the middle and lower reaches of the Brahmaputra (Yarlung Zangbo in Chinese) River which flows into India and Bangladesh and is responsible for frontline combat missions.The PLA Tibet guards the Line of Actual Control (LAC) of the India-China border and several other sections connecting the mountainous Tibetan region.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 drills “covering a dozen elements was testimony to the PLA’s combined strike capability”, a narrator said on CCTV in China.The commentary, apart from warning India of repelling from Doklam, also accused New Delhi of spreading false propaganda against China.India and China claim sovereignty of two large and few smaller territories that are disputed between the two for the past decades.”According to Beijing’s national broadcaster – China Central Television (CCTV) – the military drill was held to simulate quick movement of troops in war-like situation, and “destroy enemy aircraft”. Another video posted online showed the soldiers using anti-tank grenades, missiles against bunkers and howitzers for artillery coverage. Separately, Tibet’s mobile communication agency conducted a drill on July 10 in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, where members practised setting up a temporary mobile network to secure communications in an emergency, the Global Times reported.Earlier reports said the Chinese army recently tested a new light battle tank being manufactured by China.It also alleged that the Indian troops had crossed the Sikkim section of the Indo- China border. 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. Nevertheless, “the ongoing standoff between Indian and Chinese troops has several dimensions”, Jawaharlal Nehru University professor Srikanth Kondapalli told Sputnik at the time.