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China holding night battle drills near Indian border: Report

The Western Theatre Command, which looks after the entire border with India, has carried out night battle exercises at a height of over 16,000 feet. 

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New Delhi, First Published Sep 20, 2021, 1:32 PM IST
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China's People Liberation of Army has reportedly commenced drills at the heights of Xinjian, near the Indian border. 

According to a report in South China Morning Post, the Western Theatre Command which looks after the entire border with India has carried out night battle exercises at a height of over 16,000 feet. 

However, the Indian Army has not yet reacted to the developments across the border. 

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Indian security analysts believe that every professional force conducts such wargames.

Talking to Asianet Newsable, strategic and security expert Maj Gen Shashi Asthana (Retd) said that the training and capacity building is an ongoing exercise that any professional force continues to do. 

In that context, the security expert said that Indian troops too carry out exercises and training in the operational areas.

"Similarly, the PLA is also doing training, having learnt some lessons out of the previous standoff. They are trying to acclimatise and train troops in high altitude, and also use equipment in high altitude,” Maj Gen Shashi Asthana (Retd) said.

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He further said that India would also be doing similar activities and would have taken note of all that the PLA is doing. 

Last month too, China's Tibet military command had carried out joint exercises codenamed 'Snowfield Duty-2021' at a height of around 15,000 feet.

It is pertinent to mention that Chinese President Xi Jinping had visited the region in July this year. It was his visit to the region since he became President. The last time he visited was in 2011 when he was the Vice President.

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