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Chinese war games in Tibet are a warning for India

Last updated on: November 4, 2010 08:23 IST

Chinese war games in Tibet are a warning for India

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The Chinese army recently conducted its first live fire drills involving both army and air force on the Qinghai Tibetan Plateau.

Military analysts said the Peoples Liberation Army used the new generation Jian-11 fighter jets, the Hangqi -9 surface-to-air missiles and 96-B tanks in the exercse.

These war games are said to be in response to India's augmenting its border defences along the Chinese border. The Chinese have been perturbed with India's plan's to reactivate a forward air base at Noyoma in Ladakh.

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Experts believe that these drills will also serve as a strong warning to pro independence groups in Tibet that the Chinese could deal with any threat. The report quoted some experts as saying that this drill was aimed at augmenting the Chinese army's high altitude operations.

The report qouted a Chinese military expert, who said that the PLA wanted to show the Indian Army that it was capable of defending China's Western border.



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In the last few years, Beijing has augmented its rail links with the Tibetan plateau.

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Tibet and the border issue surrounding Arunachal Pradesh have bee sore points in Sino-Indian ties. India's continued shelter to the Dalai Lama, the spiritual head of Tibetan Buddhists has been China's pet peeve.

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