The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China has carried out a large-scale drill involving thousands of paratroopers to check its preparedness in transporting soldiers and armoured vehicles from a central Chinese province to border areas to the northwest of the country. The largescale “maneuver operation” was done in the backdrop of the ongoing border standoff with India, the nationalistic tabloid Global Times and national broadcaster CCTV said in reports.
“This maneuver mission saw significant breakthroughs not only in the scale of mobilised troops but also means of transportation. [Using civilian transportation] substantially expanded our means of transporting forces and increased efficiency in maneuvering an entire organisation of troops,” Major Colonel Mao Lei, head of the training department at the airborne brigade, said on CCTV.
Chinese state media publishes propaganda video of its recent and ongoing military aggression on China-India border. pic.twitter.com/rUrD5XIGPf— CJ Werleman (@cjwerleman) June 8, 2020
There was no India-China border in history, only an India-Tibet border, until Communist China gobbled up Tibet. To deal with the occupier's expanding claim lines in the Himalayas, India must leverage the Tibetan government-in-exile's stance on the border. https://t.co/bI9iuUMwdX— Brahma Chellaney (@Chellaney) June 7, 2020
China conducting military drill in Hubei...1000s of troops deployed near Indian border.....India being cheated by fake negotiations. https://t.co/H2aCnNob2W— TIME_Traveller (@TIME_WARNER_Inc) June 8, 2020
Wake Up, Modi's Media! India is Bigger than Modi!— Ashok Swain (@ashoswai) June 8, 2020
China has mobilised thousands of paratroopers, armoured vehicles & equipment, saying they could be deployed “within hours” to the border with India in the Himalayas. https://t.co/wiIIMvwCxW via @scmpnews
"New Delhi’s relative restraint during the standoff undercuts a key narrative that Islamabad has sought to project globally—relentlessly & emphatically—about the Modi government: That it is a Nazi-like and even genocidal regime with expansionist designs." https://t.co/BOimKIc3ct— Michael Kugelman (@MichaelKugelman) June 7, 2020
China's playbook along the LAC with India: conduct senior-level commander dialogue, but then conduct military drills to demonstrate readiness. Keep the pressure on but leave the door open for negotiations. Beijing is very shrewd indeed.https://t.co/aJTRmSZNEg— Derek J. Grossman (@DerekJGrossman) June 8, 2020
Sickening!https://t.co/HiZAr79GGJ— *Ellie* Justice Will Win 🇭🇰🇹🇼 (@EllieLi54464433) June 7, 2020