China moved huge military hardware into Tibet after Sikkim standoff: Report
BEIJING: The Chinese army has displaced tens of thousands of tons of military material in Tibet’s mountainous region after the withdrawal of Indian troops in the Doklam region in the Sikkim area, the PLA spokesman said on Friday.
The immense transport was transported in a region south of the Kunlun Mountains in northern Tibet Western theater command – which oversees the bright regions of Xinjiang and Tibet and the border directions issues with India, the newspaper reported PLA, the official spokesman for the Chinese army.
The measure was carried out last month and hinted that the material was moved at the same time by road and rail throughout the region, according to the report.
China’s state media has increased its rhetoric against India in recent weeks, but there was no way to confirm the veracity of these allegations.
Earlier this week, closed-circuit public television broadcast soldiers from the People’s Liberation Army who participated in heavy military exercises with live ammunition on the Tibetan plateau.
The location was not far from the disputed area of Doklam, where Chinese and Indian troops are locked in a stalemate, according to the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post report.
The PLA Daily report, however, did not say whether the movement of military equipment was to support the exercise or for other reasons.
Wang Dehua, an expert on South Asian studies at the Institute of International Studies in Shanghai, said the magnitude of the troop and equipment movement shows how it is easier for China to defend its western borders.
“Military operations are all about logistics,” he said. “There is now better logistical support for the Tibet region.”
Soldiers from China and India were locked up in a Doklam district in the Sikkim sector for more than a month after Indian troops prevented the Chinese army from building a road in the disputed area.
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New Delhi has expressed concern about the construction of the road, saying it could allow Chinese troops to reduce India’s access to its northeastern states.
India has transmitted to the Chinese government that road construction would represent a significant change in the current situation, with serious consequences for security.
The border between India and China 3,488 km from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, a 220 km article falls to Sikkim.