China rules out talks on Sikkim standoff with India

Lawrence Kim
July 17, 2017

India has repeatedly ignored China's calls for withdrawal of its troops that crossed the Sikkim Section of the border and entered Chinese territory.

The exercise effectively tested the brigade's joint strike capability on plateaus, according to the press release.

It is the longest standoff between the two nations since a border dispute of Tibet back in 1962, which erupted into a full-blown war and China came out on top.

The CCTV reported that the military drill was organised in the Tibet Autonomous Region in the middle and lower reaches of Yarlung Zangbo River, "located in the upper stream of the Brahmaputra River which flows through China, India and Bangladesh". The brigade is responsible for frontline combat missions.

A fully-staffed and equipped brigade engaged in various drills involving the rapid movement of troops, use of digital devices and combined attacks by multiple forces, according to a China Central Television station (CCTV) report. An online video showed the People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers using anti-tank grenades and missiles against bunkers and howitzers for artillery coverage.

This video, said to show the military exercise, was shared by China Plus News on Twitter. Separately, Tibet's mobile communication agency conducted a drill on July 10 in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, where members practised setting up a temporary mobile network to secure communications in an emergency, the Global Times reported.

Xiao Ning, editor-in-chief of Weapon magazine, said the new light tank features strong firepower, advanced armor and good mobility, so it is suitable for deployment on plateaus.

And on the occasion of the Indian troops trespassing across the Sikkim section of the China-India border, some senior Indian officials have made provocative remarks, which have further fueled such nationalist fervor.

India has conveyed to the Chinese government that the road construction would represent a significant change of status quo with serious security implications for it. Rubbishing the Indian claims of acting on behalf of Bhutan in the disputed region, Xinhua opined that New Delhi is attempting to undermine the sovereignty of Thimphu.

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.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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