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PLA increases defence capabilities at China-India border ahead of winter


It is anticipated that large-scale clashes are unlikely to occur in winter, while small frictions may happen from time to time along the Sino-India border, observers told the state-run tabloid Global Times. These developments include logistics for the upcoming winter, improved living and working condition of soldiers, among others.

China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is strengthening facilities along the disputed border with India ahead of winter expecting ‘small frictions’, a state media report said on Wednesday.

It is anticipated that large-scale clashes are unlikely to occur in winter, while small frictions may happen from time to time along the Sino-India border, observers told the state-run tabloid Global Times.

These developments include logistics for the upcoming winter, improved living and working condition of soldiers, along with boosting morale, the capability to patrol, and execute tasks during harsh weather.

Furthermore, new technologies and innovations have been put into practice to increase defence capabilities, while also solving the oxygen deficiency problem with portable oxygenators, oxygen chambers, and individual oxygen supply devices.

Separately, the PLA has also revealed that it conducted multiple drills on its western plateau over the past week.

Indian and Chinese militaries have been locked in a border standoff in eastern Ladakh since May 2020 when a violent clash in the Pangong lake led to both sides gradually deploying tens of thousands of soldiers along with heavy weaponry.

Several rounds of military and diplomatic talks have only resulted in partial disengagement of troops.

Central Army Commander Lieutenant General Yogendra Dimri on Tuesday reviewed the integrated operational preparedness and training of troops in super high altitude areas along the border with China.

In September, Chinese official media announced that both Xinjiang and Tibet bordering India will soon have 30 airports at the disposal of the Western Theatre Command (WTC) to facilitate the movement of PLA personnel.

The WTC is the largest military command of the PLA and oversees the disputed border with India.

China is bolstering its presence all along the border with India, fortifying the remote regions by building critical civil-military dual use infrastructures like airports and railway routes.

Source: Economics Times


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