Chinese army conducts live-fire drills in Tibet plateau amid Sikkim standoff

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay

Military standoff between China and India intensifies

The PLA Tibet guards the Line of Actual Control (LAC) of the India-China border and several other sections connecting the mountainous Tibetan region.

Amid the continuing border stand-off with India, China has conducted a live-fire drill in Tibet in what one observer said was a likely warning to New Delhi.

The Centre has approved creation of 650 combat posts for intelligence setup, a big boost to the operational efficiency of the border guarding force.

With both India and China refusing to back off from Doklam area in Bhutan, the stand-off between the two armies is nowhere near its end. "However, turning a deaf ear to China will but worsen the month-long stand-off and put itself further into embarrassment", said the article. "But this time it is a totally different case", it said.

China has called for Indian troops to immediately withdraw from the area, while India has responded that it has no intention of doing so. He said that in recent years the Chinese military developed a number of lightweight weapons such as a wheeled infantry fighting vehicle and a new light tank to meet requirements of mountain operations. 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.

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India's illegal move in Doklam runs counter to the five principles of peaceful co-existence, which include respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The commentary, however, took note of Indian Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar's remark in Singapore as a "positive sign". "As an old Chinese saying goes, peace is most precious".

"India should not regard the existing situation as the same as or even similar to the previous two standoffs in 2013 and 2014 near Ladakh, a disputed area between China, Pakistan and India in southeastern Kashmir". Mr Malik said it's a "provocative" gesture on behalf of China, but he doesn't foresee a conflict taking place.

According to the article, foreign manufacturers are addressing some of India's weaknesses and enhancing its manufacturing ability, with Chinese companies also playing an important role in the process.

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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