China deploys bombers, air defence troops in ‘plateau region’ amid border tensions with India: Report

A Chinese armored vehicle attached to the PLA Xizang Military Command. | China Military

Beijing: Even as India continues to thwart Beijing’s misadventures along the Line of Actual Control and at the same time makes concerted effortas for de-escalation, China on Wednesday unabashedly declared that they have positioned bombers and air defence troops near a “bordering plateau region”.

It is, however, unclear whether the “plateau” China is referring to is Tibet.

Chinese mouthpiece and state publication Global Times said in an article that China has been “mobilising forces” from different parts of the country to the plateau region amid border tensions with India.

“Following renewed border tensions between China and India over the past two weeks due to the latest Indian provocations, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has been reportedly mobilising forces, including bombers, air defense troops, artillery, armored vehicles, paratroopers, special forces and infantry units, from different parts of the country to the bordering plateau region, a move that shows the PLA’s capability and determination to safeguard the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the  publication quoted Chinese analysts as saying.

The report further stated that “H-6 bombers and Y-20 large transport aircraft attached to the PLA Central Theater Command Air Force” were deployed in the region “for training missions” on Tuesday, a day after Indian troops foiled yet another attempt by the PLA to alter the status quo along the LAC near the southern bank of Pangong Tso Lake.

“HJ-10 anti-tank missile systems attached to the PLA 71st Group Army recently travelled from East China’s Jiangsu Province to Northwest China’s Gobi desert over thousands of kilometres, while the PLA Tibet Military Command conducted round-the-clock combined brigade strike exercises at an elevation of over 4,500 meters. An air defense brigade under the PLA 72nd Group Army also mobilised to the Northwest region in autumn and held live-fire confrontational drills with anti-aircraft guns and missiles,” the China Central Television reported on Friday last week.

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