New Delhi: Amid escalating tensions over the Doklam standoff with India, China has conducted a military drill in the western part of the country. The drill was meant to “strike awe in India”, a Chinese military expert was quoted as saying by the Lianhe Zaobao daily.
The drill was conducted by the Western Theater Command of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). The location and timing of the exercise were not disclosed.
According to the China Central Television, 10 PLA units, including aviation and armoured forces, participated in the drills. Tibet, Xinjiang, Ningxia, Qinghai, Sichuan and Chongqing comes under the newly formed Western Theater Command.
In July, the PLA had conducted a live drill in Tibet, which borders India. China has said its army is ready for a military conflict with India, whose troops are on its territory in Doklam.
Indian and Chinese troops have been engaged in a three-month standoff at Doklam in the Sikkim section of the Sino-India border.
In June, Indian troops had halted road construction at Doklam, citing the disputed status of the territory. This triggered the longest military stand-off between India and China after 1987 when both sides faced-off in Somordong Chu valley in Arunachal Pradesh.
India and Bhutan say the area belongs to Thimpu, but China calls Doklam as its own. On Monday, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said a solution to the ongoing standoff between India and China at Doklam would be found soon and hoped that Beijing would make a positive move in this regard. “There will be a solution soon and I am sure China will make a positive move,” he said.