PLA holds drills amid Doklam border tension


BEIJING, Aug 21 (APP): The People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) Western
Theater Command has conducted military exercises amid tensions in Doklam from a standoff with trespassing Indian troops.
The Western Theater Command covers Tibet, Xinjiang, Ningxia, Qinghai,
Sichuan and Chongqing.
According to a report of China Central Television, more than 10 PLA
units, including aviation units and armored forces, participated in the drills.
The five-minute-long video showed tanks firing at targets on hills,
followed by helicopters firing missiles at ground targets.
The report did not mention the location of the exercises, only saying
the drills “lay the ground for plateau warfare.”
The Lianhe Zaobao newspaper on Friday quoted analysts as saying such
Chinese PLA military exercises are meant to “strike awe in India,” as the two sides have been engaged in a standoff in Doklam for more than two months, and the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, which is closest to India, is where the Western Theater Command is most prominent.
In July, one of PLA’s two plateau mountain brigades conducted live-fire
drills in Tibet. The drills included the quick arrival of troops and different military units working together on joint attacks.
The brigade has long been stationed around the middle and lower reaches
of the Yarlung Zangbo River and is responsible for frontline combat missions.