Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Chinese cross border rocket attack kills 158 Indian soldiers

Chinese cross border rocket attack kills 158 Indian soldiers

The fresh military drill by Chinese forces comes almost a week after the PLA conducted an exercise in central Tibet, almost 15,000 feet above the sea-level.

Beijing's renewed move to warm up to Thimphu started months before China's People's Liberation Army came to Doklam Plateau along the disputed India-Bhutan border and started building a road, brushing off protests by the Royal Bhutanese Army.

The CCTV reported that the military drill was organised in the Tibet Autonomous Region in the middle and lower reaches of Yarlung Zangbo River, "located in the upper stream of the Brahmaputra River which flows through China, India and Bangladesh".

At least 158 Indian soldiers have been killed on Monday as China fired rockets across the border on Indian border installations.

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 "South China Morning Post" quoted an observer as saying that the show of strength was likely intended as a warning to India. The circumstances are enveloped in thick fog endemic to those remote mountains at 10000 feet above sea level - and to the complicated India-China relationship.

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A fully-staffed and equipped brigade engaged in various drills involving the rapid movement of troops, use of digital devices and combined attacks by multiple forces, according to a China Central Television station (CCTV) report.

During the exercise, the Chinese soldiers tested new equipment including tanks, the official Xinhua news agency had said.

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

"Just like what happened with China during its reform and opening-up, the arrival of foreign manufacturing will greatly enhance India's ability to develop its manufacturing sector, which will help in cultivating a large number of skilled workers, managers, and factories", it added. 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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