Amid Sikkim standoff, Chinese Army conducts military drills in Tibet


The article comes in the wake of China accusing Indian troops of trespassing into its land near the controversial tri-junction border between India, China and Bhutan on the Doklam plateau, resulting in a standoff between the armed forces of India and China along the Sikkim border.

China has made it clear that there was no room for negotiations on the border and India should know its incursion will by no means be allowed to become a fait accompli. According to the CCTV report, the brigade which is stationed around the middle and lower reaches of the Brahmaputra (Yarlung Zangbo in Chinese) River, which flows into India and Bangladesh, also administers frontline combat missions.

Though the media picked it up on Monday, the PTI has said that the state-run China Central Television (CCTV) was the first to report it.

Ashok Malik, an analyst at Delhi's Observer Research Foundation, told The Guardian that China is continuing its attempts to hem India's influence in South Asia.

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It is the longest standoff between the two nations since a border dispute of Tibet back in 1962, which erupted into a full-blown war and China came out on top. Brahmaputra flows into India from Arunachal Pradesh border.

The article suggested Myanmar was enhancing ties with India to "minimise its over reliance" on China, diversify its economic portfolio, and out of its "urgent need to engage neighbouring countries after prolonged isolation".

An India-China-Myanmar trilateral interaction will be an interesting topic in the future as it will be of "great geopolitical and economic significance" to the region, an article in the Chinese state media said on Sunday. He said that in recent years the Chinese military developed a number of lightweight weapons such as a wheeled infantry fighting vehicle and a new light tank to meet requirements of mountain operations.

The Indian and Chinese forces remain at stand-off at the border near Sikkim for the fifth week in a row, as neither of the two sides have agreed to soften their stance over the disputed territory of Doklam. India has conveyed to the Chinese government that the road construction would represent a significant change of status quo with serious security implications for it.