A brigade of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) responsible for frontline combat operations has held “live fire exercises” in Tibet with a focus on boosting its “quick delivery of troops”, Chinese media have reported.
The exact timing of the drills is unclear, but this weekend’s reports are the latest indication of muscle-flexing by China amid the month-long stand-off at Doklam.
Another report on July 3 said the same Western Theatre Command had held an armoured brigade drill at 5100 metres in Tibet to test “combat readiness”.
DRILLS HELD FOR PRACTICING QUICK RESPONSE
The report said the brigade was “responsible for frontline combat missions” and had “long been stationed around the middle and lower reaches” of the Brahmaputra river, or Yarlung Zangbo as it is called in China.
The drills included “the quick delivery of troops and different military units working together on joint attacks” while a video showed troops using anti-tank grenades and howitzers in artillery firing.
Radar units “identifying enemy aircraft and soldiers using anti-aircraft artillery to annihilate targets” were also tested, reports said.
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