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PLA HOLDS MILITARY DRILLS AMID DOKLAM STANDOFF

21 Aug 2017/Monday

The PLA Western Theatre Command has conducted military exercises amid tensions in Doklam from a standoff with  Indian troops. The Western Theatre Command covers Tibet, Xinjiang, Ningxia, Qinghai, Sichuan and Chongqing. China Central Television reported that more than 10 PLA units, including aviation units and armoured forces, participated in the drills. The report did not mention the location of the exercises, only saying the drills “lay the ground for plateau warfare.”  The Qinghai-Tibet Plateau,  is closest to India where the Western Theatre Command is most prominent. The deliberate leak of military manoeuvres of PLA are being seen in India as part of pressure tactics by the dragon.

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