China mobilises thousands of troops, armoured vehicles near border with India

  • Soldiers and equipment transported from central province of Hubei to an unspecified location in northwest, according to state media
  • Footage of drill aired the same day top generals from the two sides held talks in a bid to defuse stand-off that began in early May

South China Morning Post
Date: 8 Jun, 2020
By: Kinling Lo

Chinese soldiers head to the northwest plateau in images of the operation shown on state television. Photo: Weibo

China has mobilised thousands of paratroopers, armoured vehicles and equipment in a military drill, saying they could be deployed “within hours” to the border with India in the Himalayas, where tensions have again flared

.The soldiers and armoured vehicles were transported from the central province of Hubei to an unspecified location in China’s northwest plateau, thousands of kilometres away, in “just a few hours”, according to state media reports over the weekend.

Footage of troops boarding civilian planes and trains in the “manoeuvre operation” was aired on state broadcaster CCTV on Saturday, the same day top generals from China and India held talks in Moldo, on the Chinese side of the unmarked boundary known as the Line of Actual Control.

They were trying to defuse a stand-off that began in early May, with border troops engaging in fist fights and stone-throwing in the Galwan River valley between Ladakh, in Indian-administered Kashmir, and Chinese-administered Aksai Chin.    [FULL  STORY]

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