The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) conducted a night war exercise at a height of over 16,000 feet in Xinjiang near the LAC with India in eastern Ladakh amid the border dispute between India and China and ongoing military and diplomatic talks to resolve it.
New Delhi: The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) conducted a night war exercise at a height of over 16,000 feet in Xinjiang near the LAC with India in eastern Ladakh amid the border dispute between India and China and ongoing military and diplomatic talks to resolve it.
According to media reports, the Western Theater Command Of the Chinese PLA recently conducted night combat exercises to enhance its capabilities. The Theater Command oversees the Xinjiang and Tibet Autonomous Regions as well as the border with India, making it the largest geographical area under one command in the PLA.
Earlier this year, China brought PLA troops from the Tibet Military Region to the Xinjiang region, which accounts for the Karakoram Pass south to Uttarakhand. In addition, they have deployed a large number of long-range artillery and are rapidly building infrastructure on the Tibetan Plateau.
After these PLA soldiers were brought in, the PLA has started conducting military exercises in the area. In addition, China has upgraded its existing airfields in the Tibetan Plateau, which will allow the deployment of two-engined fighter jets. They are currently improving 30 airports built or under construction in Xinjiang and Tibet for military transport.
China has improved its infrastructure in Tibet, launching a high-speed bullet train linking the provincial capital Lhasa with the Tibetan border town of Nyingchi, close to Arunachal Pradesh. The Chinese are also rapidly ramping up military infrastructure along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) after clashes with India last year.
India has also redirected around 50,000 troops, whose main focus is now on the disputed border with China. Both countries decided to resolve the issue for a long time. In another major breakthrough last month, India and China pulled back troops from Friction Point, Patrol Point (PP) 17 at Gogra on the LAC in eastern Ladakh.