China holds military drill near Indian border, says 'enemy aircraft' the target

China holds military drill near Indian border, says 'enemy aircraft' the target

China holds military drill near Indian border, says 'enemy aircraft' the target

China has made it clear that there is no room for negotiations on the border and India should know its incursion will by no means be allowed to become a fait accompli. The circumstances are enveloped in thick fog endemic to those remote mountains at 10000 feet above sea level - and to the complicated India-China relationship. India backs Bhutan's claim that China was, in fact, constructing the road on Bhutanese soil in a part the Himalayan kingdom calls Doklam. Analysts believe that the drill are an apparent attempt by the military to reassure the Chinese public about the combat readiness of its troops. Notionally, Delhi is acting at the request of Bhutan.

According to Xinhua, the June 18 incident marked the first time India crossed the only "determined border between the two Asian countries". "(By staging) a small-scale drill, China wants to control the problem and lower the risk of shots being fired", he said.

The military exercise, held by China's People's Liberation Army (PLA), did quick movement troops drill and also practiced destroying enemy aircrafts with artillery and tankers, a Hindustan Times report said, quoting China Central Television (CCTV) report.

"The video also shows radar units identifying enemy aircraft and soldiers using anti-aircraft artillery to annihilate targets", the nationalist tabloid said. Earlier it was reported that the PLA has been focusing on drills involving usage of various modern weapon systems including a new light battle tank.

During the exercise, the Chinese soldiers tested new equipment including tanks, the official Xinhua news agency had said. China has been demanding immediate pull-out of the Indian troops from the disputed Dokalam plateau.

China attacked Indian posts the same day Pakistani Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) established a hotline contact with Indian counterpart to protest killing of four soldiers in Neelum Valley by troops cross border firing on Sunday. Delhi points out that it had also warned China that the road was "a serious security concern" because it gives Beijing access to the Chicken's Neck - a thin wedge of land that links mainland India to the seven northeastern states. The rift escalated after Chinese Army's construction party attempted to build road near the area. Of the 3,488km-long India-China border from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, a 220kms section falls in Sikkim.

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